When Ubisoft started teasing Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon earlier this week many just assumed it was an elaborate April Fools hoax. The website for the game, which is reminiscent of the old Geocities days with brightly colored animated gifs and a couple of visitor counter applets, depicted a dystopian future set in 2007 as envisioned sometime around the ‘80s complete with an overall B-movie feel. Well, apparently it was no joke.
Today a number of screenshots have trickled online courtesy of the official Xbox.com website. If that’s not enough proof EuroGamer also points to several other recent leaks and hints, such as the fact that the game has already been rated by the Brazilian and Australian game classification boards, and a list of achievements for the game that surfaced last week describing 400G’s worth of objectives.
The game’s narrative doesn’t appear to hold many parallels with the original Far Cry 3 besides the mention of a distant island. And the visual elements… well, it’s a dramatic departure that switches the shanty towns for futuristic neon-lit laboratories. Judging by the game’s box art you can also expect cyborgs and laser-firing dinosaurs to make an appearance too. Here's the synopsis from the official website:
The year is 2007. It is the future. Earth has been ravaged by a nuclear war and new paths for peace must be found. A U.S. cyborg army may have found a solution: a powerful bioweapon on a distant island. A Mark IV Cyber Commando, Sergeant Rex Power Colt has been sent over to gather information and figure out what the hell is going on.
Awesome? Cheesy? Awesomely cheesy? We’ll have to wait a little longer to make final judgement on that. The aforementioned game ratings suggest Blood Dragon will be coming to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, although it’s unclear if it will come in the form of a traditional expansion or as a standalone digital download.