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No Far Cry 2 demo planned

Too complex to "give away".

Far Cry 2 creative director Clint Hocking has confirmed that there will be no pre-release demo of Ubisoft's open-world shooter sequel. Or, "no, no demo" as he put it to us last week at the team's HQ in Montreal.

And that's because, according to Ubisoft, the open nature of the game would make it impossible to offer a worthwhile teaser without serving up too great a slice of the content.

Hocking explained: "One reason is, even if we were to give out what you played today - even if we put invisible walls around it and said, here's the demo, you can go anywhere you like inside these walls and play it how you want - that's potentially right there eight-to-ten hours of gameplay. I don't know too many people who are willing to give away a 12-hour game for free." Spoilsports.

Hocking further confirmed that the game was now feature complete, with the vast majority of the team involved in the lengthy process of debugging. "Once you push 100 guys onto debugging for a week, things can get stable really fast."

You can read all about what we made of the brand new E3 build of Far Cry 2 today. The game's due out on PS3, 360 and PC before Christmas.

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