Dispatches From E3 (Part One)

Dispatches From E3 (Part One)

I feel like these past few days have been part of a ComDev rite of passage. I’ve spent weeks preparing for it, from scheduling interviews to drafting blogs to finding that sweet spot between unbearable stress and roaring excitement, and now it’s all over. E3 has come to an end and here I am back in Montreal wondering if June 9th to June 12th was some kind of glorious fever dream or if I really did have that much fun.


You know when you’re dating someone and you’re really in love and you think they’re amazing, but you’re still super nervous about introducing them to your parents? That’s the games industry at E3. Sure, I’ve known and loved Ajay Ghale and Pagan Min for a long time, but what is the community going to say when we showcase them in our cinematic trailer? Will they come to understand why I adore them so much, or will this be one of those uncomfortable dinners where you’re vaguely afraid to ask for salt?

The response was unbelievable. People loved the trailer, embraced Pagan Min in the way only the Internet can (seriously, there is a ton of fan art) and followed us from the cinematic to our explosive, elephant-laden gameplay demo. For a first-time E3-er, it was amazing to experience.

Oh, and RIP bus monkey; you’ll live forever in our hearts.


So on Tuesday, this happened, and it was exactly as crazy as my maddened expression suggests.
Dispatches From E3 (Part One)
Danny Pudi and Donald Glover – absurdly talented, funny and friendly folks – came by the Far Cry booth to promote the game. We loved their chemistry on Community and it made them a natural fit for the drop-in, drop-out co-op mode, Guns for Hire. Not to typecast but…Troy and Abed playing Far Cry 4? Literally name one thing that could be better. I’ll wait.

That’s what I thought.

Also on Tuesday, I co-hosted a Uplay Lounge Livestream, where we talked to Far Cry 4 creative director Alex Hutchinson and producer Dan Hay. For the record, yes, it was amazing sitting beside the mellifluous baritones of both Dan and co-host Zack Cooper. For a small fee, I’ll have them record your incoming voicemail. Contact me @Bagelofdeath.

For more features from E3 2014, check out these posts:

Far Cry 4 – Meet Pagan Min

Assassin’s Creed Unity – 9 Things You Need to Know

What Is Rainbow Six Siege?

Far Cry 4

Far Cry 4

Release date — November 18, 2014
Developer — Ubisoft Montreal
In Far Cry 4, players find themselves in Kyrat, a breathtaking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape.

ESRB Rating: MATURE with Blood, Intense Violence, Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, Use of Drugs
The Author

Kim Belair joined the team at Ubisoft in June 2013 and quickly cultivated an incredible snack drawer, in addition to performing her duties as a Community Developer on Far Cry 4. Passionate about writing, she is pretty excited that you're reading this bio right now and would also suggest you read her book, Pure Steele, when you get the chance. Kim enjoys collecting superhero statues, wearing leopard print and, frankly, she would read your book if you wrote one. Follow her on Twitter: @Bagelofdeath