As we've already reported, Ubisoft's Far Cry 2 will hit North American stores in PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 flavors tomorrow. Radeon users take note: AMD has released a Catalyst driver hotfix in preparation for the incoming first-person shooter.
The hotfix applies to graphics cards from the Radeon X1600 series to the Radeon HD 4800 series (check out the hotfix download page for a full list), and according to AMD, its sole purpose is to improve performance. The hotfix improves Far Cry 2 performance for all card setups in DirectX 10 mode, AMD says, but only users with CrossFire multi-GPU configs will see frame rates rise in DirectX 9 mode.
You can grab the hotfix for both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista. German tech site PC Games Hardware has somehow benchmarked the hotfix in Far Cry 2, and it reports 83-97% performance gains for a Radeon HD 4870 X2 in DirectX 9 mode.