News of the existence of Far Cry 4 leaked a few weeks ago, but it's now been officially confirmed by Ubisoft.
Far Cry 4 will be released on 18 November on PC, X-Box 360, X-Box One, PS3 and PS4. Like its predecessors, the game will be an open-world, combat-focused first-person shooter. You will be able to follow a linear storyline, undertake side-missions, engage in optional tasks to improve your character or mix them up as you see fit. The game will be set in Kyrat, a fictional region of the Himalayas where some dude (presumably the blonde guy on the cover) has set himself up as a king. Your character, I will hazard wildly, has to defeat him through the application of lunatic, gun-based ultraviolence.
Intriguingly, there will be a narrative link from Far Cry 3 to Far Cry 4, with the character of Hurk reappearing (and being playable in several DLC missions). This marks the first time two games in the franchise have been linked together by a recurring element. The previous games did not share locations, characters, storylines or, in the case of Blood Dragon and maybe the original Far Cry, even universes.
I'm a fan of the Far Cry games (particularly the first one), so I'm looking forwards to this. Sadly, the snowy setting and open-world gameplay means that many, many Far Cryrim jokes have already been made, and doubtless many more are to come.