Far Cry 3’s standalone, 80’s infused spinoff Blood Dragon is certainly raising eyebrows – and it seems to be doing so for all the right reasons. Frankly, it’s mental – and it pokes fun at many current industry traditions.
Thought by many to be little more than an elaborate April fool’s hoax by Ubisoft thanks to its ludicrous website, Blood Dragon is indeed a real thing, and takes the guise of a “futuristic” 1980’s action film, complete with all the era trappings of the genre – including Michael Biehn.
“Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon is THE Kick-Ass Cyber Shooter taking place on a bizarre open-world island crawling with evil. Welcome to an 80’s VHS vision of the future. The year is 2007 and you are Sargent Rex Colt, a Mark IV Cyber Commando who’s fighting against a cyborg army gone rogue.
Your mission: get the girl, kill the baddies, and save the world. Experience every cliché of a VHS era vision of a nuclear future, where cyborgs, blood dragons, mutants, and Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, Navy Seals) collide. Playing Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon doesn’t require a copy of Far Cry 3,” says the game’s official blurb.
The game’s set for release next month. Platform’s haven;t been announced – but its now-missing XBLA listing certainly suggests it’ll be headed to the Xbox 360. It’ll also likely hit the PC, as it’s somehow already been leaked – as shown by this gameplay video (that’s sure to be pulled by Ubisoft any minute minute now).
Take a look. I’m intrigued, and I especially like how it pokes fun at the incessant, hand-holding tutorials we now get in games.