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'Far Cry 4' director reveals how PS Plus co-op came about, plus why cross-gen

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During Sony's E3 2014 press briefing, Ubisoft revealed the PlayStation exclusive co-op mode, and it seems like a pretty revolutionary idea. It definitely seems to have marks of a demo for those who do not have the game, and could help serve as a means to get more PlayStation owners to move forward with a purchase of Far Cry 4.

If you don't know about the co-op feature, PS4 and PS3 Far Cry 4 players can invite other PSN friends to join their game, even if they do not own the game. Alex Hutchinson, who is the creative director on Far Cry 4, talked about how the co-op idea came about.

"It was an idea I had based on how I discovered new games growing up: I would go to a friend’s house to test it on their console or PC before I bought it, and I thought this was a fun digital version of that idea. Play the game with your best friend and then if you like it, buy it to unlock the rest. We’ve had a close relationship with Sony on this game and it’s something we built together," Hutchinson said.

It should also be noted that those who own Far Cry 4, and are PS Plus subscribers, will be given 10 invites to send out to their PSN friends. Recipients of said invites will then download a trial version of the game from the PS Store. They will be able to play with their friend for a limited amount of time, though no specific time has been given yet. Finally, acquired experience points and loot will transfer over if that friend decides to pick up Far Cry 4 for themselves.

As you undoubtedly know by now, Far Cry 4 is going to be a cross-generation game, but why was that decision made? Hutchinson attributed the cross-generational launch of Far Cry 4 to wanting the game to get in the hands of more people, but it was slightly surprising to see this game go cross-gen, since so many Ubisoft games are new-gen only.

"It’s always easier to focus on the newest hardware exclusively, but there are tens of millions of players who haven’t bought an Xbox One or a PS4 yet and we want to get the game into the hands of as many players as possible," Hutchinson said.

Perhaps development started long before Ubisoft would have made the decision to make Far Cry 4 new-gen only, but it is what it is. In case you were wondering, Far Cry 4 is the only remaining 2014 Ubisoft game scheduled to launch on both current and last-gen consoles. It'll be great to get back into the captivating world of Far Cry when the latest installment launches on Nov. 18.

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