From the piles of April Fools' jokes, what looks like a blatant joke may be the most real announcement of the day. Ubisoft has released a teaser video that gives us a look at its next game – dubbed Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. Check out the trailer below:
The trailer looks rather strange and doesn’t seem to have any of the standard Far Cry themes at all, let alone that of its namesake – Far Cry 3. The only thing it seems to have in common with Far Cry 3 is that it will take place on a tropical island, which may possibly be one of the Rook archipalego.
It follows a cheesy 80s sci-fi aesthetics and looks like something straight out of a VHS tape. Even the game’s website follows the same aesthetic, and it pitches the game as a fake Far Cry movie from the 80s.
Here is the description of the game, according to the 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.”
The website also has a shop where you can buy various things from the 80s era, but clicking the image for the “game for your home entertainment system” item opens an image that lists what appears to be achievements from the game. These achievements range from killing a number of dragons to becoming “the ultimate badass”.
Considering the fact that the teaser was revealed on April 1, it could be an April Fools' joke, but news about the game has been floating around for quite some time now, making the idea that it’s an April Fools' joke unlikely.
Last we heard about Far Cry 3, it had gotten a major patch that added a bunch of new features that quelled most of the complaints gamers had against the game. The biggest change in the single-player component of the game is the ability to reset enemy outposts. Capturing outposts by killing all the pirates or privateers occupying it is a major part of the game, and a lot of the game’s challenge is lost when you take an outpost, as doing so stops any enemies from spawning in that zone.
However, this patch fixes that. After conquering all the outposts and completing the game, you can reset the outposts by selecting “Reset Outposts” in the gameplay options menu. Doing this will reset and make all Outposts hostile again, and all incomplete side missions and quests will be hidden. In order to finish the incomplete side missions, you will have to retake the outposts again.
Another major change is the addition of a new difficulty level—Master. This difficulty level promises tougher privates and privateers, and even more dangerous and aggressive wildlife.
If you haven’t visited Far Cry 3's Rook Islands yet, check out our review to see why you should.
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