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'Far Cry 4' elephant element clarified for PS4, Xbox One and other systems

'Far Cry 4'
Photo courtesy of Ubisoft, used with permission

Mark Thompson has clarified some details in regards to the elephant element from the upcoming multiplatform video game, "Far Cry 4." In an interview with GameSpot on June 19, the level design director admitted that he was surprised at the positive reactions the new feature has been getting when it was revealed at E3 2014. He stated that a lot of fans are excited about using elephants in the open-world action-adventure title.

Mark Thompson went on to clarified that the animal can be used as a transportation method or a weapon. To do so, however, the player must be able to unlock a skill first. At E3 2014, elephants were shown off first on Sony Computer Entertainment's press conference and would later be playable on the show floor. Attendees were able to control the creatures, making them dash forward and unleash a melee tusk attack.

"Far Cry 4" was announced shortly before the convention. The sequel ran into some controversies at first due to the appearance of the antagonist of the story, leading to several outcries about race and sexual orientation. A similar circumstance also occurred with "Far Cry 3" when it first came out in late 2012. Ubisoft eventually clarified that the main bad guy is not actually Caucasian and homosexual.

The company also confirmed that the Ajay Ghale, who looks like another ethnic minority, will be the main character as well. You can find an image of the protagonist with the photo near the top of this article (courtesy of the official "Far Cry" Twitter page). The sequel is set in a fictional region based on the Himalayas.

The release date for "Far Cry 4" has been confirmed to be on Nov. 18 in the North American region. Being a cross-generation release, it will be coming to the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One platforms. The project is being developed at Ubisoft Montreal with help from other internal studios from the company.