In an intriguing piece of cross-promotional activity, Ubisoft is to release a Far Cry 3 map and texture pack for Minecraft. Produced with Mojang’s approval, the package modifies all aspects of the game including environments, weapons and tools. Key locations from Ubisoft’s shooter will be reproduced as well as characters such as Vaas, Jason and Citra – all in Minecraft’s blocky style. There will also be 50 Easter eggs to discover, hidden around the island.
The pack is a collaboration between Ubisoft artists Axel Janssen and Yohann Delcourt and Minecraft enthusiast Michael Lambert – also known as Sacr3 – creator of the impressive Newcraft City mod. It will be released for free on the official Far Cry 3 website on 26 October.
Interestingly, Mojang has not only endorsed this effort, it has also hinted that it will allow similar take-overs in the future. Business development director Daniel Kaplan told GIbiz, ” I don’t know if we will do more like these, it depends from project to project”.
Naturally, we’re hoping for Aliens: Colonial Marines (“They mostly come out at night. Mostly”) or Tomb Raider, although the controversy likely to be engendered by a scene in which Lara Croft is inappropriately assaulted by a zombie pigman probably doesn’t bear thinking about.