With Far Cry 4 players will experience the most expansive and immersive Far Cry ever, in an entirely new, massive open-world. Players will find themselves in Kyrat, a breath-taking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. The Himalayan missions push them to extremes as they encounter avalanches, ride snowmobiles and fight for each breath as they live the effects of high altitude. The wingsuit might be their only chance at survival.
You are Ajay Ghale. Traveling to Kyrat to fulfill your mother's dying wish, you find yourself caught up in a civil war to overthrow the oppressive regime of dictator Pagan Min. Explore and navigate this vast open world, where danger and unpredictability lurk around every corner. Here, every decision counts, and every second is a story. Welcome to Kyrat.
Kyrat is also a beautiful land deeply rooted in its rich mythology. Shangri-Là is a fabled place that is part of that folklore and has been sought after by mortals in the hopes of finding enlightenment. Presented as a parallel and esoteric universe, Shangri-Là is a place where players transcend into the limitations of their own mind and go to a place where legends live. They’ll encounter a completely different set of mythical enemies with unexpected and surprising behaviors. Players have an ally, a noble white tiger, the protector of Shangri-Là. The tiger comes to the player's defense when provoked or can be sent to attack nearby enemies. The Shangri-Là bow, with the exclusive ability to momentary slow time, will also be available while players unlock skills within the main skill tree.
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The charismatic ruler of Kyrat is as ruthless as he is charming. The Hong Kong native came into Kyrat with his own army and took control during an unstable period in Kyrat’s history. The self-appointed king rules as a violent dictator, installing deranged governors to exploit the people and land resources for his personal gain. Pagan Min is obsessed with self-image and with the past.
Ajay was born in Kyrat, but his mother took him to the United States when he was very young. He grew up knowing little about his place of birth as his mother, Ishwari, rarely spoke of it. Now Ajay has to return to Kyrat to fufill his mother’s dying wish: Take me back to Lakshmana.
Yuma is a deadly tactician, a general of the Royal Army, and Pagan Min’s right-hand woman.
Have you ever been in the presence of royalty? Far Cry 4 ComDevs Kim and Ari got a chance to spend the day with the King of Kyrat.
Cranberries, almond slivers, candied lemon peel and cayenne pepper.
Maybe it's not truffles and caviar, but these were certainly the poshest items available to adorn the top of a rich dark chocolate bar, custom made for Pagan Min by the artisans at the Cologne Schokoladen Museum. We were there escorting the King of Kyrat on a Far Cry 4 Field Trip, but we do have to wonder if the chocolatiers knew they were actually dealing with a body double: Cosplayer Erik Scott.
What makes Min so appealing? Erik says: “His air of confidence, his erratic behaviour-- and I have to admit that I love his hairstyle.”
I'm going to go ahead and call Erik the world's first Pagan Min cosplayer. Immediately upon seeing the E3 trailer, which he calls "glorious", he shaved his head and began the process of bleaching what hair remained. And within a few weeks, he had assembled the rest of that sharp suit: "I already owned a pink dress shirt from a trip to New York and the jacket I used was going to be the base for another costume. And luckily enough, I managed to find those vibrant pink pants at a store--the only problem with them being six sizes too large. In the end I ended up modifying everything to fit my body.
" But what's most interesting about Erik is that, even to those of us who are more acquainted with King Min than the E3 trailer allows, he seems to perfectly embody the charm, style and charisma of the character-- without the murderous tendencies.
"Typically when I pick a character I go for someone I feel like I can identify with," he explains. With a nostalgic laugh, he adds: "You can definitely tell how my personality has changed through the various cosplays I've done throughout the years.
" So was it destiny, then? Erik largely credits Pagan Min's striking aesthetic with inspiring the cosplay, but adds that the villain's heritage provided even more of an impetus. King Min is mixed-race, born to a Chinese father and a white British mother, and Erik picked up on this similarity: "As someone of Asian and European descent I felt as though this was something I could do and feel comfortable with, or very at-home with, so to speak. It felt nice--way more than nice, to see a character I could identify with [on that] level."
Given how much they seem to have in common, then, it begs the question: what would Erik do if he had a day to spend with the King himself?
"Tear shit up! Honestly, I'd just like to see Kyrat and some of the wilderness. I'm all about sightseeing and hiking so that would be my number one pick, aside from maybe getting a glimpse and trying on some of his wardrobe."
Who among us could resist?