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You become a server for Far Cry 2 user-created maps if your connection is faster than Ubisoft’s

Monday, 13th October 2008 15:30 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Ubisoft’s told us you’ll be downloading user-created Far Cry 2 maps both from Ubisoft’s servers and other gamers’ consoles: it all depends on speed.

“[The service is] through Xbox.com or PSN’s network, but it’s on Ubisoft’s server,” said Far Cry 2 multiplayer producer Richard Gaetan.

“There are two strategies, because if you created a map and then if you [set up] a match with it, people that connect to your game will download it from you.

“But if you post it on Ubisoft’s server, then players will connect to your game but they won’t have your map. The engine will select which has the best connection – is it from you or the Ubisoft server? – and then it will download it from the fastest connection.”

The Far Cry 2 map editor has been catching a lot of attention in the last few weeks, and is said to be basically the same toolset the developers themselves used to create the on-disc maps. If you’ve got the PC version, though, you won’t be playing 360 maps: all the content from the three version is to be kept separate.

“The engine at its core is the same, but the specifics for each platform are a bit different,” Gaetan added.

“The saving format is different in respects to the PC and the PS3, so its three different [formats]. But at the same time we thing that with the strategy that we have, the user can store their maps and publish their maps on Ubisoft’s server, and everyone can see the PC and PS3 maps, and Xbox maps.

“I think we’ll have enough maps for each console. We’ll be OK.”

Far Cry 2 ships on October 24 for PC, PS3 and 360.

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  1. Blerk

    Uh… do you really want the great unwashed downloading stuff using your own connection?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. G1GAHURTZ

    No.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. patlike

    Not sure if there’s an option to switch it off or not…

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Whizzo

    If you’re playing your custom multiplayer map and you’re not sharing it and the Ubisoft servers are busy, you’re going to be playing by yourself.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. G1GAHURTZ

    Yeah, but the worry is that if the files are big, you could end up uploading ridiculous amounts of data, no?

    Especially if you play for 5-6 hours a day like some people that I know.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. pjmaybe

    Oh well, I’m on BT, no danger of that happening to me :)

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Freek

    Sounds more like a bitt torrent type afair to me. You know, peer based sharing if that happens to be faster then the main server.

    #7 6 years ago