Ubisoft really raised eyebrows during E3 when they announced that Far Cry 4 would come with some sort of multiplayer system that would allow owners of the game to invite their friends to play with them online for free. They didn’t really clarify how it would work at the time, aside from stating that invited friends would not be able to play campaign missions.
Thanks to a recent panel at Comic-con, and Creative Director, Alex Hutchinson, we now have at least one extra detail. Each owner of the full game will receive ten invite codes to give to their friends. With that code, they can download just enough of Far Cry 4 to allow them to play with their very generous friend. Alex didn’t specify if there’s a time limit on the code, but did note that the inviting player must be online for an invitee to play.
When asked about where the inspiration for this idea came from, Alex had this to say.
The inspiration came from the Super Nintendo days, and the way you tried out games then was to go to a buddy’s house and sit on his couch and play. How long you got to play depended on how long his mom let you sit there and keep playing, and when she said go home, that was it.
So now, when you (the buyer) have decided you’ve had enough, (your friends) either have to buy it or log off.
Seems fair enough. It’ll be interesting to see how this feature pans out and how many people choose to use it. It’ll also be interesting to see how many gaming friendships this ruins, as it appears the game only supports two player co-op. What happens when you’ve invited four different friends and they all want to play with you at once?