Ubisoft shows off Far Cry 3 map editor

— 6:00 AM on November 27, 2012

You know, Far Cry 3 is starting to look awfully tempting. Over the past few days, we've seen glowing reviews from sites like Shacknews and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Now, a freshly posted Ubisoft video has given us a sneak peek at Far Cry 3's map editor—and, apparently, it's a fairly powerful one. See below:

Players won't be given absolute control, but what the trailer shows is pretty close. Ubisoft has implemented everything from terrain generation and object placement to weather and time-of-day selection. I also like the community angle. Being able to share your maps with other players easily and find the best community maps quickly really add to the value of a game. Valve already offers a similar community modding platform with Steam Workshop, of which Skyrim players have already been making extensive use.

Far Cry 3 is coming out on December 4 for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Folks in Europe will be getting the game a few days early, on November 29. Based on the trailer, I'm getting the sense that the map creation tools won't be PC-only. The more the merrier, I suppose—so long as the PC version of the toolkit isn't be hampered by crummy controls.

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