Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Teased For Standalone Release

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Teased For Standalone Release
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Tom Chapman

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11th Aug 2021 13:48

The wild world of Far Cry could be about to rerelease its wackiest entry, with rumours that the underrated Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon will get a standalone release some eight years after it first blasted its way into our lives with a neon cannon.

For 17 years, the main Far Cry series has stuck with the same formula of a generic hero trying to save a lawless frontier from some unhinged madman. However, Ubisoft's long-running franchise has also excelled at bringing the unusual with the likes of Primal's trip to the prehistoric and Far Cry New Dawn's visit to a nuclear-ravaged Earth. Still, all of this pales in comparison to Sergeant Rex "Power" Colt's journey in Blood Dragon.

Will Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon get a standalone release?

For those who've never played Blood Dragon, firstly, where have you been? Dropping Colt into a dystopian version of 2007, this cyberpunk adventure was an eight-hour add-on to Far Cry 3 that had nothing to do with the main game. 

Blood Dragon was pure and unadulterated '80s homages, that even included '80s star Michael Biehn as Colt. From a VHS tracking screen to an electro soundtrack, Blood Dragon oozed the decade of big hair and leg warmers. Following the recent weekend where Far Cry 5 went free-to-play, Ubisoft could have another surprise up its sleeve.

The latest announcement comes from an Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) listing that mentions Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon Classic Edition. We already knew Blood Dragon would be part of the Far Cry 6 Season Pass thanks to June's Ubisoft Forward showcase, however, it now looks like it will be available elsewhere.

Blood Dragon Classic Edition has been given an M for Mature rating, and as well mentioning screams of pain and enemies emitting a bright blue liquid when hit, we're warned about a cutscene that features "a brief sex act—sexual" where "moaning sounds/dialogue is heard; bare buttocks and breasts are briefly depicted". Elsewhere, the words “f**k” and “sh*t” are heard throughout.

What else do we know about Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon's standalone release?

Remembering how Far Cry 3: Classic launched alongside Far Cry 5 in 2018, we're hopeful Blood Dragon will get its standalone release when Far Cry 6 releases on October 7. Importantly, the listing is for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series - which is exactly where Far Cry 6 is being released.

It's interesting that Blood Dragon is getting a lot of attention at the moment. While this was once a forgotten tagalong to a main entry Far Cry game, it's become a cult classic. Only recently, Netflix announced an anime version of Blood Dragon that will arrive on the streaming service in the near future.

As things gallop toward the much-hyped release of Far Cry 6, it's reassuring that Ubisoft is investing in an expanded Far Cry world. Well, with it being one of the publisher's big money-spinners, it's no surprise we won't just be confined to the island of Yara.

 

Tom is Trending News Editor at GGRecon, with an NCTJ qualification in Broadcast Journalism and over seven years of experience writing about film, gaming, and television. With bylines at IGN, Digital Spy, Den of Geek, and more, Tom’s love of horror means he's well-versed in all things Resident Evil, with aspirations to be the next Chris Redfield.

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