Update: Far Cry 3 debuts

Far Cry 3 has just been announced in a rather eye-popping fashion. Ubisoft surprised everyone at their E3 press conference with a gorgeous gameplay demo of their shooter sequel, promising to launch it sometime in 2012.

Sticking to a jungle setting, the demo showed off features both old and new, highlighting the series’ theme of struggling to survive while ramping up the action with new mechanics like a first person cover system. The real standout however was the fantastic monologue given by the game’s main villain. He raves about insanity before kicking the main character off of a cliff. The facial detail really sends a chill down your spine.

The developers branded the game “the surprise of the show”. We’re not so sure just yet but there certainly is promise. Check the visuals in the first screenshots here.

Update: Gameplay demo out.