This might not seem like big news – regarding the size of the game, it’s not likely to be big at all, and definitely not AAA, but Far Cry 4’s creative director Alex Hutchinson is now working on a smaller, more personal project.
The good news is that this comes from the same initiative which spawned little gems such as Child of Light, Valiant Hearts, and even Far Cry: Blood Dragon. So, it’s likely we’ll see another game of that size and price without it affecting development of further games in the series.
“I’ve got clearance along with a bunch of people from AC3 and AC4 to go off and do something new after [Far Cry 4],” said Hutchinson to CVG in an interview. “The challenge then is to keep costs down and make something that competes at a high level, without saying ‘we need a thousand people for a new IP!”
It won’t be coming very soon – he’s only just got approval – but he’s hoping to be showing it off in a year, at very latest. It’s good to see a publisher supporting projects such as this, rather than focusing on the bigger-selling AAA titles. Ubisoft Montreal’s CEO spoke well of them, in a separate interview with CVG:
For me it’s important for projects like Child of Light and Far Cry: Blood Dragon to exist and to know that there is a place for them here. It’s also important for those projects not to be suffocated at the beginning with high-level objectives. It’s a question of growing talent inside the company and giving them a chance. It allows us to try new things without breaking the balance financially.
Let’s hope Hutchinson has come up with something just as original and brilliant as those games, now that he’s done with Far Cry 4. Speaking of which, stay tuned for our review of that game very soon.