Seemingly ahead of the game, just as they purported to be with premature Project Natal and "Crysis 2" Nano Edition listings, Swedish online retailers have looked into their crystal pre-order balls and opened up pages for "Far Cry 3." The game hasn't been officially unveiled or tagged for release yet, but regular and collectors' editions of the title have been priced in Swedish crowns for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
Both GAME.se and WEBHALLEN.com currently offer the sequel through their Web portals. Even stranger, they both have "Far Cry 3" slotted to come out in 2010, which may indicate something fishier than a hunger for pre-orders going on behind the scenes.
The Collectors' Edition for the Xbox 360 shows up costing the equivalent of just over $130, and I'm sure that if Ubisoft really wanted to compete in the holiday market with the "Epic Mickey" Collectors' Editions and "Call of Duty: Black Ops" Prestige Editions that are already going to be floating around out there, they would have wanted to put some more marketing oomph into their sales pitch by this point.
Whether the online entries were just mislabeled, left over from previous secret retailer sales plans, or just plain erroneous, they got some box art from somewhere, and "Far Cry 3" isn't exactly a huge secret. Perhaps we'll see some more accessible North American listings by the end of the year or in 2011. Only Ubisoft knows for sure.
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