It seems as though the madness never ends with Ubisoft – at least in regards to Far Cry 3. After the original game’s release (prompting a reality check from many a fan), and then the appearance of the standalone DLC Blood Dragon from god-knows where (prompting reality checks all around), we had almost gotten into a place of relative stability and sanity. Then again, the paychecks have to keep coming in, so it’s no wonder Ubisoft seems set on a side-franchise based on the successful Blood Dragon. If Michael Biehn is to be believed, that is.
In a recent interview with Xbox’s Major Nielson, Biehn noted how the DLC was exceeding Ubisoft’s sales expectations by five times, which had naturally peaked the interest of Creative Director Dean Evans. “He was pretty jacked up, ” Biehn said. “He was going into a meeting today, to… I think he wants to turn it into some sort of franchise. He’s got a sequel in mind.”
Blood Dragon has already received wide-spread praise from critics, with the PC version at an 82 and both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions holding an 80 on Metacritic. Factoring in this new claim of high sales, the possibility of a new franchise being developed in parallel with the core Far Cry games seems entirely possible.
At any rate, Ubisoft has been pressed further for information, so expect more information as the story continues to unfold.