Far Cry 2 narrative “took a page from Professor Layton”

By Patrick Garratt, Thursday, 28 August 2008 13:54 GMT

professorlayton2.jpg

Of course it did. Open world death game set in the African outback assumes narrative cues from odd DS puzzle thing. Stands to reason.

“You see the blocks of text there,” Far Cry 2 narrative designer Patrick Redding said, pointing at the screen during a demo of the game at Games Convention last week.

“We kind of took a page from Professor Layton’s game on DS, to give the player a recap in text of what he’s been up to up to this point.”

The text aspect of Far Cry 2 isn’t finished yet, however, as Redding explained.

“You’ll notice these weird kind of weird little text strings that seem a bit broken,” he said. “That’s just because they’re not hooked up to the final text database.

“We talk a lot about the fact that our game’s story is dynamic, that we assemble the narrative on the fly, so what we’re doing is slotting in the names of characters the player has interacted with – like the different factions that he’s dealt with – and we dynamically update those text blocks in order to give him a description up to this point.”

Nintendo should charge Ubi Montreal, or something. Blatant theft.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. For more information, go here.

Comments

Headlines

Far Cry 2

Patrick Redding

Professor Layton And The Curious Village

  • First Layton title hits 1 million units sold in Japan

    Level 5 boss Akihiro Hino has confirmed in a tweet that the first Professor Layton title, The Curious Village, has sold 1 million units in Japan since its launch in 2007 for DS. The series has now shipped 11 million units worldwide. Three more titles in the series launched on DS, with the fifth in […]

  • Wii Sports Resort, Layton top Nintendo games of 2009 in UK

    ELSPA’s announced that Wii Sports Resort and Professor Layton and the Curious Village were the top-selling Wii and DS games, respectively, last year in the UK.