Ubisoft provides what is certainly the trippiest moment of E3 2016 so far, revealing Trials of the Blood Dragon is real and that the game will be available today.
Ubisoft’s E3 2016 presentation didn’t pull any punches. What began with a bizarre dance number set to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” that featured a lion in sunglasses and a panda with a rainbow mohawk continued to ramp up the weirdness later on, unveiling the kind of video game mashup that only the minds currently employed at Ubisoft could possibly conceive of.
The Trials games have always been a little over-the-top, while Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon was one of the most enjoyable tongue-in-cheek, quirky spin-offs of a serious game in recent memory. When rumors of a possible collaboration between Trials and Blood Dragon first circulated, however, gamers were understandably skeptical – what kind of video game world could possibly contain both the extreme stunt gameplay of Trials and the neon, retro sci-fi stylings of a game as unique as Blood Dragon? As it turns out, that game is Trials of the Blood Dragon, and it looks something like this:
Although it’s hard to say that Trials of the Blood Dragon was expected at all, now that gamers are aware of its existence, the game looks and feels exactly like what fans would expect of the ridiculous mashup that Ubisoft has created. The game still retains the retro-future vibe and sardonic humor that made Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon successful, and it’s clear that the Trials engine has been modified to become even better than before. The trailer shows off quick gunplay sections of maps alongside different space-themed vehicles like the mine carts that feature so prominently in some of the best video game levels of all time.
Trials of the Blood Dragon isn’t just a fun game that’s pretty far into development, however. Ubisoft also dropped some big news regarding the title – it’s ready for fans now, and it will be available today for download. After a string of game delays plagued news headlines heading into E3 2016, it’s refreshing for a company to reveal a game and have it immediately available. Given that very little in the way of game releases happens during E3 week, it’s a strategical move as well that could see the game become even more popular than it would have during another release window.
What do you think about Ubisoft’s bold decision to mash up two entirely unrelated gaming franchises? Does Trials of the Blood Dragon tickle your fancy, or is it just a tad too ridiculous? Let us know in the comments below.
Trials of the Blood Dragon is available now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.