Ubisoft has admitted there were early plans to develop Far Cry 3.5, but decided to do a clean slate and make Far Cry 4 instead.
Far Cry 4 producer Dan Hay wrote an interesting entry on the Ubiblog. After finishing Far Cry 3, Ubisoft had the “option of making a 3.5“. It would have served as a sequel to Far Cry 3 with the same characters and even the same locations. They were even considering a way to bring back Vaas. They also wanted to expand more on Jason’s story.
The discussion to make Far Cry 3.5 didn’t last every long. Ubisoft only talked for “about four days” before abandoning the idea entirely. They decided to just start off fresh and we now know they are developing Far Cry 4 which is due out next month.
Hay went on to talk about how Far Cry 4 differs from Far Cry 3. Apart from the new story and locations, there is a lot of “franchise firsts” in the new game. In the other Far Cry games, you couldn’t ride an elephant or fly inside of a gyrocopter and more.
Far Cry 3 was well received when it was released a few years ago, so one cannot blame Ubisoft for thinking of making a 3.5. Still, Far Cry 4 looks cool anyway so it shouldn’t really upset fans.