Right, this is one hell of a fun story. Today Ubisoft revealed a teaser trailer for something called Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. The teaser shows absolutely no gameplay, but amazes us all with some nutty 80’s nonsense. As you would expect on April 1st people began declaring it to be an April Fools joke. But is it?
Rumours of something for Far Cry 3 called Blood Dragon have actually been circulating for a long while now, with the Brazilian ratings board giving it a classification. Meanwhile somebody over on NeoGaf managed to dig up this interesting Xbox Live Arcade artwork for something called, you guessed it, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
Interestinlgly, as you can see, this leaked artwork matches up with today’s teaser trailer. Earlier this month Far Cry 3’s lead writer told Joystiq that, “Yes, I’m working on something now that will be surprising, I think, when it’s announced. But it definitely is a ‘strike while the iron’s hot’ thing, and we’ll see.” when they queried him about the future of Far Cry 3. An Arcade game with an 80’s vibe would certainly be something surprising.
Backing up the concept that Blood Dragon is a standalone Arcade game are these leaked Achievements that total 400G, the base amount for Arcade games. A quick read of the Achievements list also suggests a pretty bonkers game.
But that’s not all as Ubisoft also revealed an official website for Blood Dragon that makes it out as a film. The story is described thus: “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 is filled with even more insanity, including this “exclusive interview” with the director: http://static2.cdn.ubi.com/emea/gamesites/fcbd/static/images/itw-magazine-en-GB.jpg
There’s even a shop, where you can buy chainsaws, steaks and move posters (only 200,000,000 printed!). Click the buy option and a window will pop up telling you that you can expect your order in 2007.
And if you enter the Konami code while on the website your cursor will turn into a crosshair. Use the crosshair to blast away at the screen and eventually you’ll see this odd GIF:
So, could this be an April’s Fools joke? Well, yes, in theory it could be. However, if it is then it’s an impressively elaborate one. It’s possible that Ubisoft decided to use the rumours themselves to create this. Hell, it’s even possible that they themselves created all of the leaks and such, though that would have been one hell of an undertaking.
In other words, everything suggests that Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is absolutely real, and that Ubisoft decided to announce it on April Fools because they knew that it would confuse the hell out of people, especially given how strange it is. In fact, you’re the victim of an April Fools joke because you though it was an April Fools joke when it wasn’t. Still with me? No?