Ubisoft Quebec began designing Kyrat, the fictional region in Far Cry 4, but needed more inspiration to make the game and setting as authentic as possible. Online research can only go so far, but to really get the feeling for a place, sometimes you need to go there.
In the Far Cry universe, Kyrat is within the Himilayas, a mountain range in South Asia. In our world, the Himilayas cross five countries, one of which is Nepal. Ubisoft sent team members to Nepal to research and dive into the culture, landscape, and overall feel of the region, to pull in inspiration for the setting of Far Cry 4.
Even in modern times, Nepal has strong ties to its past. Ubisoft members attended a goat sacrifice to experience some of this culture first hand. While in Nepal they interviewed Gurkha members, Nepalese soldiers who participate in an intense training program. The Gurkha were inspiration for many enemies in the game.
The "Bringing Kyrat to life" video is only part one of a behind the scenes series. In future videos, Ubisoft developers will meet and interview citizens of Nepal who's lives have been changed by the Nepalese Civil War, and event that is used as backstory in Far Cry 4.
Far Cry 4 launches November 18 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, and includes a unique 2 player co-op experience where you can play parts of the game with a friend who doesn't actually own it, but only on PlayStation consoles.