Far Cry 3′s EU PC Launch Woes

Far Cry 3 launches in North America on December 4th, but in Europe, it released November 30th to a situation not unlike Diablo 3′s launch — downed servers.

Ubisoft’s Far Cry 3 servers were down on launch day, but unlike Diablo 3, the game does have an offline mode. However, users trying to play the game offline were met with glitches that made the game unplayable.

Far Cry 3 runs through Uplay — Ubisoft’s take on Steam — and while setting Uplay to Offline Mode does allow players to run the game without issue, it was not an intuitive solution for most players.

Ubisoft tweeted an official apology, saying they’re working as fast as they can to get the servers back online.

How does this bode for the NA launch?

via RPS

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2 Comments on Far Cry 3′s EU PC Launch Woes


On December 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Similar issues with Assassins Creed 3 purchased through steam. I was pissed off when I was informed after the purchase that Uplay software and account registration is required. Had I been informed that Uplay was required prior to the purchase, even if there were no issues, I still would not have purchased it. I’m now happily using a cracked copy and will be using the same workaround for far cry 3.

How dare Ubisoft try to shove yet another digital distribution channel down my throat.


On December 2, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Game breaking bugs and down servers in Europe, and a day 1 patch waiting for the NA release makes me wonder about who decided that the game was ready to go. Like I said in a different article, things like this make me believe that the publishers pick a date they want the game to hit shelves and rely on customers to serve as paying beta testers. Sure, games can be patched, but I have to think the bug testing wasn’t that close to completion if it ships with known problems. And while I do understand that bugs happen and are usually fixable, having servers down on release day is not acceptable. People have to jump through DRM hoops and such, so the first day should be the one day where you know things are up and running. Hopefully, the day one patch will take care of the game breaking issues in case this happens here, too.