And the tigers wept, and the tapirs sang: Ubisoft has confirmed that they're working on a patch for Far Cry 3 that will let players adjust or remove the game's clutter-y user interface.
In a statement sent to Kotaku:
Based on feedback from both press and fans, the Far Cry 3 production team is working on a patch that will allow you to toggle most HUD/UI elements based on player preference. The patch will also avoid issues encountered in the .dll hack that might create a mission walkthrough break (missing QTE prompts, critical information, etc;). The team is excited about how the Far Cry 3 community and fans of the game are enjoying themselves, and finding new ways to experience the Rook Islands. More news will be coming on the patch shortly…
Far Cry 3 is a lot of fun, but the screen-clutter kind of a mess, particularly if you're pretty good at the game and don't want to be told what to do all the time. Unfortunately, the game didn't ship with any way to turn that mess off -- most players would just have to be content with constant notifications popping up every few minutes.
This week, some folks came up with a way to hack the PC version so that the HUD vanishes entirely. (The HUD-free screen up top is from my game with that tweak active.) I like playing that way, but it does come with its share of annoyances. A more preferable solution would be if Ubisoft let us choose how much or little of the UI we wanted to see.
Sounds like they're giving us exactly that. There's no ETA on the patch, but hopefully it'll be out in time for most players' second go-round.