A teaser trailer released on 1 April for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon suggests the standalone expansion to Ubisoft’s open world shooter is to be a 80s pulp action movie homage, inspired by the likes of Terminator, Tron, Escape from New York, and Michael Biehn.
Yes, the date of the video’s release suggests tomfoolery but this isn’t the first we’ve heard of the project, suggesting it was simply a poor choice by the marketing team.
Ooh, it’s got me all tingly.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of Blood Dragon which is why I don’t think it’s part of an elaborate April Fools. We’ve seen leaked XBLA achievements and something called Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has been rated by the Brazilian certification board.
The teaser went live with a promo site on Monday. The site’s wonderfully 80s-styled, looking like something that could have been hosted on Geocities, and it posits Blood Dragon as a movie project, rather than a game. Even so, it’s lightly peppered with details which we can assume are about the game:
“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.”
You can read an interview with the film’s supposed director, Alexis Graveyard. In it the interviewer asks, what it was like working with “the legendary actor of Terminator, Aliens, and The Abyss”, the one person to span all three films is the excellent Michael Biehn, so, hopefully that’s a nod to his involvement with the game.
There’s basically no footage of the game, only a second of what looks like a shot from in-game at 47 seconds into the teaser trailer. In that shot though we can make out a very sci-fi vibe that is distant from the rich foliage of Far Cry 3.
Paint me excited.