Ubisoft announced today that they set a new release date for Far Cry 3, or as we in the business call it, a delay. Protagonist Jason Brody will be putting off his tropical vacation until December 4 in the US (November 29 in EMEA). The previous release date, somewhere around late September, would have positioned Far Cry 3 perfectly for Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales -- a crowded release period, especially leading into the release of the Nintendo Wii. Hopefully Far Cry 3's new release date gives it some breathing room.
The company line for the delay is as follows, from the mouth of Ubisoft producer Dan Hay:
“We’re taking more time to create the best possible gameplay experience,” said Dan Hay, producer at Ubisoft. “Far Cry 3 is a huge offering and we want every element of this insane, action-packed adventure to be of the highest possible quality for the players.”
In conjunction with the delay announcment, Ubisoft also announced the release dates of Just Dance 4 and Rocksmith. The former will be released October 9 in the US (Oct. 2 EMEA), and the latter will have all platforms released on October 16 (Sept. 27 for EMEA on Xbox 360, PS3; Oct. 18 for EMEA on PC).
Judging from this fall's release schedule everyone should still have plenty to play, and Far Cry 3 will simply be the cherry on top. Hopefully this is the last major delay/release date adjustment of the year -- don't hold your breath, though.