Cyberpink – Far Cry 4: Blood Dragon Likely… In Some Form

By Nathan Grayson on June 17th, 2014 at 11:00 am.

So Far Cry 4 is a thing. It was pretty inevitable, given that Far Cry 3 sold like hotcakes stuffed with pornography. The next question, then, is obvious: will there be another Far Cry: Blood Dragon? Nothing’s set in stone yet, but it sounds quite likely that Far Cry will take another turn for the weird. Just maybe don’t expect another ’80s spoof this time.

Far Cry 4 narrative director Mark Thompson explained to RPS:

“I know in terms of brand, we haven’t closed the doors to more kind of weird experiments like Blood Dragon. And I know that Ubisoft Montreal has really been allowing people to play with passion projects. Like after Far Cry 3, Patrick Plourde and Jeffrey Yohalem got to work on Child of Light, which is a huge change. A labor of love.”

“So yeah, there are teams who get the time, space, and liberty to experiment with smaller ideas like that. It’s really cool to see that the studio allows people to try different ideas. Sometimes they don’t get off the ground, sometimes they go all the way to shipping like Dean [Evans] and Blood Dragon.”

So the path is clear for it to happen, but do people want to make it? It sure sounds that way.  “They had a ton of fun with it,” explained Thompson. “The team loved making it. Everyone was so hyped when they made that game, so I know there’s a lot of voices inside the studio that want to see [Far Cry 4: Blood Dragon] made.”

The biggest question of all, though, is what sort of game a potential Blood Dragon sequel would turn out to be? Would it even be Blood Dragon in the literal sense, slathered in ’80s pink, ’90s references, and pseudo-satires of modern gaming tropes? That, for the moment, seems off the table. A new goofy Far Cry from Dean Evans and co would, in all likelihood, go in an entirely different direction. Equally strange, one would hope, but different.

“I think given the people that I know on the team and on the brand [it seems unlikely that it’d just be a direct sequel to Blood Dragon]. We never do the easy thing, so I think a direct sequel to Blood Dragon with the same type of universe and characters… I mean, it didn’t happen with Far Cry 4, right? We moved to a completely different part of the world. We’ve had to rebuild, throw away stuff we had and build new things. Even characters. Some people were like, ‘Why are you even wasting time trying to find a new antagonist? Why not just use Vaas again?’ And we were like, ‘Eh, he was cool but we want to make Far Cry 4 different. It’s a different world, a different story. We want different characters to say different things about the world they’re in.'”

But what if it is a second game in the original Blood Dragon’s world? What happens in the unlikely event that comes to pass? Well, there’s a plan for that too.

“Dean Evans jokes that if he made another Blood Dragon, it’d be called Blood Dragon 4,” chuckled Thompson. “He’d just skip 2 and 3 altogether.”

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    DarkLiberator says:

    One thing that I love out of Blood Dragon was the dialogue and menu tips were hilarious half the time. Also the marketing for the game was fabulous.

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    RedViv says:

    I’d like to see a Weird Tales thing this time, fighting monsters and cultists and ancient gods in another mystical made-up Himalayan region. Would possibly hit the same asset reuse to new creation levels as with FC3/BD.

    • GameCat says:

      Blood Dragon was 80’s silly action sci-fi, now it’s time for 50’s silly monster movie.

      Far Cry 4: The Giant Claw

    • Syra says:

      I’d like to see them turn their environments into like an online multilayer racing game … find the quickest way up this mountain using climbing skills and the grapple swing thing (maybe even throw in a driving section on narrow roads with lots of crashing into each other) and then base jump off it down a treacherous gulley to the finish line on the other side… with friends!

  3. blainestereo says:

    pseudo-satires? really?

    • The Random One says:

      Yeah, Duke Nukem Forever was a pseudo-satire – it pretended to be satire to try to get away with stuff it shouldn’t. A game that talks about how awful a certain feature is while also having it played straight is just bad satire.

      Blood Dragon fell on the right side of that line most of the time, though.

  4. Eukatheude says:

    What I’d really like to see is a better driving model.

    Bonus points for including the ability to drive over Jeffrey Yohalem.

  5. SominiTheCommenter says:

    Far Cry 4 hasn’t even launched, they barely shown any gameplay at all, and they are already saying “Don’t buy this, the next one is the really good one!”. This technique was perfected by THQ, that before Saints Row 3 was out told us “SR4 is the shit, it’s going to be our best game ever.”.

  6. Lemming says:

    Blood Dragon would’ve been the only Far Cry I’ve bought since 2 but alas, Uplay all up in my Steam.

  7. rotekz says:

    I thought Blood Dragon was overrated. No half as enjoyable as Far Cry 3 itself.

    • JeepBarnett says:

      I thought Far Cry 3 was overrated. No half as enjoyable as Blood Dragon itself.

      • Quinnbeast says:

        Yeah, I’m finding the intentionally silly 80s throwback of Blood Dragon more comfortable than the ‘serious’ themes of FC3. The number of times Jason shouts “Liza!!! Riley!!” in a sickly manner made me hope for a mod that allowed Jason to PUNCH HIMSELF IN THE FACE UNTIL DEAD. One second you’re massacring half the population of the island without batting an eyelid, the next you’re an pansy upper class white booooi sobbing over a badly scratched smartphone.

        Rex Power Colt, with voice by Michael Biehn, is the basis for superior product by default. If they could somehow fit a Bill Duke/Jessie Ventura combo into the new one, that would please me greatly. Time to dust off Ol’ Painless.

  8. MeestaNob says:

    If it’s not called Far Cry 4: Blood Dragon 2, I’ll be disappointed.

    And it should be part Hotline Miami, part Dark Forces/Jedi Knight.

    Yeah!

    • Sinatar says:

      Far Cry 4: Blood Dragon 3: Vietman War 2: First Strike: The Pre-Sequel

    • Flatley says:

      “part Hotline Miami, part Dark Forces/Jedi Knight”

      Yoda Stories.

  9. merabrunsas says:

    FC4 needs a cel-shaded Tintin spinoff, in which you hunt a yeti to make a +1 quiver out of its feet and paws.

  10. Anarkopsykotik says:

    FC3 is way overrated: too much QTE, too much meaningless gamey shit, too easy overall (free healing pack by removing a bullet with a knife in the middle of a fight? riiight…) and not enough interesting stuff to do (hunting sharks, climbing for the tenth time a tower, or erasing from existence a cloned outpost don’t count).
    Blood Dragon was better, because it didn’t took itself seriously (and the story and writing was instantly ahead, even funny), and you run a lot faster (and that provide a better gameplay imo), but it was ultimately the same game.

  11. MkMax says:

    i think Far Cry 3/4 has potential for a very varied kind of remixes, no need to shackle themselves to blood dragon, bring on a Big Trouble in Little China themed one or a Beastmaster one or a He-Man one, or a Turkish Rambo one, an Attack of the killer tomatoes one, etc, so many options

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      Martel says:

      That’s the winner right there. Big Trouble in Little Himalaya!

      • MrUnimport says:

        “There’s Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoist alchemy and sorcery. We take what we want and leave the rest… Just like your open-world mission system.”

  12. Nibblet says:

    Id be happy if they just implemented a proper save system. Hell they could re-release the original with quick saves and i would still buy it. Removal of qte’s would ofc also be very welcome.

    • Damien Stark says:

      Yes, this!

      I played Blood Dragon for about 30-40 minutes, and really enjoyed it. I was almost at the end of the large introduction/tutorial section, then something came up. I went into the menu, selected save, was told it saved successfully. Quit game and came back later, had to restart from scratch.

      WTF.

      Well it turns out the game has checkpoint saving, with no checkpoint for the first 30 minutes, and your manual saves are just logging which checkpoint you were up to.

      After that I just didn’t have the heart to go back in, despite it seeming really promising…

  13. soonerdad3 says:

    What I’d really like to see is a better driving model.

    Bonus points for including the ability to drive over Jeffrey Yohalem.
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  14. ThTa says:

    I hope they’ll do the other side of the late 80’s/early 90’s “cool games” fence, which is of course “Xtreme Sports” and various “sunny California” tropes combined into the most pitiful amalgam of indications that the developers really didn’t understand any of their source material, or humans in general.

    I’m not entirely sure how they would combine this with shooter gameplay, but I can’t say I’m opposed to the idea of say, shredding some mad waves on my surfboard while firing rockets at both sharks and “the man” trying to hold me back.

    The alternative, of course, is them directly occupying whatever dimension early video game commercials came from. Though I’m not sure I’d be able to handle the fish-eye lens effect for that long.

  15. bee says:

    It’s nice that they’re willing to experiment, but I WANT another Blood Dragon. Experiments are fine too, but only if I get another Blood Dragon slathered in ’80s pink, ’90s references, and pseudo-satires of modern gaming tropes.

  16. altum videtur says:

    Dinosaur hunting confirmed in Far Cry 4: Dragon Blood
    No plot
    No characters
    200 square miles of temperate forests and plains
    You play a Deinonichus

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    DrollRemark says:

    Hooray, an original, unique idea! Let’s make sequels of it!