On their triumphant return from a recon trip to Kenya, Will Porter talks lions, elephant charges and piles of excrement with the creators of Far Cry 2.
In March 1898 two maneless Tsavo man-eating lions preyed on workers during the construction of the Ugandan railway. The pair, part of a testosterone-charged sub-species of lion local to the area, killed an estimated 135 people - their efforts later immortalised in the film The Ghost and the Darkness.
In late July of this year five men from Ubisoft Montreal were spending a night under canvas in the same area. "We couldn't see anything - we just heard an elephant scream in panic about 20 feet away from camp," explains a grim-faced Alexandre Amancio, the game's artistic director.