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.
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.
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