Blood Dragon's Creative Director Working on a New Project
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was one of the surprise hits of 2013 – a ridiculous, over-the-top standalone reskin of Far Cry 3 at a bargain price. Blood Dragon was Dean Evan's baby and the success of the game has resulted in Ubisoft giving him and his team the green light on his "dream project." Speaking to Polygon, Evans says its the game all of them have always wanted to make, but he's not ready to tell us what it actually is.
Acting as concept artist on this dream project is Ubisoft's Darren Bartley, whose DeviantArt page features some very interesting sketches of cybernetic creatures and mechanical beasts. Evans also told Polygon that the art direction is being handled by "a well-known industry veteran [...] whose previous works include AAA stealth and third-person shooters." Sounds like maybe someone from Ubisoft's Splinter Cell team, but Evans isn't ready to divulge the name just yet.
While Evans isn't ready to talk about this dream project, you can bet it'll push boundaries and get people talking much like Blood Dragon did. In fact, Blood Dragon was pretty tame compared to the other game pitches he created in Ubisoft's Design Academy, where developers are put into teams to brainstorm and come up with new ideas. His first pitch was a twin-stick side-scroller called Captain Uranus that had players puking and farting with the trigger buttons. His second pitch, self-acknowledged as "incredibly offensive," was called So Jew Wanna Be a Thief? by a fake company named "Jewbisoft," where players controlled a kleptomaniac Hassidic Jewish man.
I think it's safe to say Ubisoft's choice in backing Blood Dragon over those two ideas was a smart one. I can't wait to hear more details about this new project!