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This is the fourth part of my article dedicated to telling you about Far Cry's cut content.

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A long time has passed since this article series was updated. I think it is the right moment to post a new part, now that I have more interesting stuff to show you.

Image-heavy, as usual.

Let us get started with concept arts:

I have found a colorized version of the merc commander concept from the previous part:

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Now let's move on to the screenshots:

This is a screenshot taken from the editor. It shows an unidentified level with a mysterious sctructure. It probably dates back to the "X-Isle" stage of development:

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And this one shows some unknown swamp area:


And this is a rare screenshot of the merc group from the previous parts:


Some picturesque area:


And this one is probably a screenshot of the old Catacombs:


I have also found pictures related to Polybump - one of the main features of Far Cry. They seem to use assets from early stages of development.

For example, this group of images shows an old mercenary model:

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I have already shown one of those images in the first part, now I have found the rest.

These screenshots show a head model render. Even though they are old, model seems to use the head normal map very similar to the one we have in release version:


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And these pictures show generator models that can be seen on 2002 screenshots (they can still be found in the game's files):








Screenshots of the old Buggy


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Screenshot of an old japanese plane wreckage, similar to the concept art:


I have also found some interesting late-development screenies. You can tell that because of the almost finalized M4.

-Some indoor area, similar to the place on the Treehouse where Jack freaks out at the sight of a dead trigen:


-An old Regulator screenshot


These screenshots are taken from a version almost identical to the final game. But they show an interesting detail: message box (where pickup information and other stuff used to be shown) and "Press USE" text are placed identically:

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(By the way, "Saving game" text was also displayed there)

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I have also found some interesting miscellaneous images.

This one shows a "commando" Jack Carver from the concept art on a "X-Isle" (the dinosaur demo) background:

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And these images are taken from old Crytek's site. They show some strange creaures, shown in the previous parts:

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Moreover, I have found very interesting videos:

Far Cry Gamestar preview (December, 2003):

Even though it is very similar to the previous video preview, it still has some interesting details:

  • Different weapon slot icons
  • Drowning effects
  • Grenade bumping sounded like rock bumping

Far Cry Gamestar preview (January, 2004)

What can we tell from that video:

  • A new hud version
  • Messages box look much simpler
  • Different font for the message box and "press use" indicator
  • That skeleton near the ladder on the Training used to be a fallen merc in the older version. It explains how we've acquired the compass: we have taken one from this guy.
  • Buggy now lacks a tire on the back, but it still has no MG and has different sound effects
  • M4 has different sounds
  • M4's model is finalized
  • "Checkpoint reached" is still displayed
  • AW50 is finalized
  • We get to the Carrier from the Training, like the final game
  • Different MP5 sounds
  • Mk. 19 tilts in the first person, just like the Minigun
  • Multiplayer was present by that time
  • AG36 is finalized
  • Different "Build progress" indicator

Game's data still has things to explore:


Some animated textures show older versions of some levels:

-"textures/animated/camera/cam<...>.dds" shows an old show of Treehouse with spotlights and camonet tents:


-"textures/animated/camera/camera<...>.dds" shows what it seems bits of old HUD and some creature:

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-"textures/animated/camera/" shows a shot of what it seems the old Fort with a radio tower instead of a satellite dish:


-"textures/animated/computer/" shows a funny edit of a Research screenshot:


Demo contains an older multiplayer logo for attacking team in Assault mode. It seems to be drawn:

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-"Localized/Languages/missiontalk" contains what it seems soundclips for Assault mode in multiplayer (mp_<...>). Especially notable is the "mp_lake" folder. Maybe there was a cut multiplayer level.

Alright, that's all for now. More parts will come later.

P.S.: I've fixed the lack of images in the older parts. Moreover, I've added some higher-resolugtion pictures (for the old sunset level in part 1, for example). Check them out.


Very interesting! Do you already have a plan how much of that you want to restore?

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changeroftheways Author

I do, and I have already restored quite a bit!

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It's amazing to see how dedicated people still are to this game and its content, wish you all the best!

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changeroftheways Author

Thank you!
Did this because no one before has really dived into the cut content of the game

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Thanks for these cool pages, very interesting, i have not read all text but i watched all images, i don't know if you know that but the author of cube 2 sauerbraten engine worked on farcry 1, here the link:

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changeroftheways Author

Thank you, but I have even sent emails to this person!

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I forgot to say that the recent Farcry games made by Ubisoft use the Dunia engine that is a heavily modified version of the cryengine, i hope they will do a remake of Farcry 1 with this last engine this will be cool, also amazon have the lumbyard engine that is also the cryengine.

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changeroftheways Author

Nice to see that good ol' CryEngine 1 lives on

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Aw hell yeah! I loved reading the other three, glad to see another one! :D

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changeroftheways Author

I have found some reaaally interesting stuff for the part 5. ;3

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Exciting! This one was a great read too!

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changeroftheways Author

Thanks! Nice to see that my efforts don't go unnoticed

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Amazing work, and thank you for another great article!

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great Article, very impressive Work, i really enjoyed reading them!

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Definitely great work. I'm still curious how it runs when it is released.

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