Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon sells over half a million, exceeds expectations

Hey, remember when Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon won over the love of the internet? Well, it sure made bank.

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Hey, remember when Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon won over the love of the internet? Capitalizing on the collective nostalgia for the 80s, the downloadable game managed to sell over 500,000 copies in under two months. As a standalone release, Blood Dragon also managed to spike sales of the original Far Cry 3, especially on PC.

CEO Yves Guillemot is undoubtedly "very happy" with the performance of Blood Dragon, telling GI.biz that the game has surpassed Ubisoft's expectations. Its success will allow Ubisoft to "further explore that formula of downloadable brand extensions in the future." Perhaps Blood Dragon really is destined to become a new franchise?

Ubisoft's other big downloadable for the year, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger has also done well. However, Ubisoft did not disclose any specific sales figures for that title.

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    June 27, 2013 1:00 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon sells over half a million, exceeds expectations.

    Hey, remember when Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon won over the love of the internet? Well, it sure made bank.

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      June 27, 2013 1:29 PM

      Awesome. Loved Blood Dragon and heard good things about Gunslinger. I would love to see more games that are shorter and cheaper.

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        June 28, 2013 4:57 AM

        Blood Dragon definitely felt too short, and I say that having done every garrison capture and side mission available. I had fun with it, but it very clearly was put together quickly and slapped onto another game.

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          June 28, 2013 5:00 AM

          The game felt short, but I felt tired of the mechanics by the end.
          The level design was getting boring as well, but that is mostly due to the engine, which sucks for indoors.

          The music was fantastic and I think that they didn't skimp on that front however.

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            June 28, 2013 6:08 AM

            I would imagine you felt tired of the mechanics because the game really didn't change at all from beginning to end. They clearly just didn't have time to do much except re-skin everything and implement a few missions. I really liked what they did with the story and everything, but I'm sure they could have made a more engaging gameplay experience with more time spent on it.

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          June 28, 2013 10:40 AM

          I thought it was the perfect length for the price. It would have gotten really boring if the game was any longer.

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      June 27, 2013 1:41 PM

      Let me reset the garrisons!

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      June 27, 2013 1:55 PM

      Its success will allow Ubisoft to "further explore that formula of downloadable brand extensions in the future."

      How about instead it allows you to explore further into unconventional visuals and concepts? Which I think is part of its success.

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        June 28, 2013 4:40 AM

        Seriously. They have no idea what made it successful. Good job.

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          June 28, 2013 5:24 AM

          I always home when I read stuff like that that its PR speak and they have better, really reasons in the actually meetings about it. But usually am disappointed.

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        June 28, 2013 5:44 AM

        I think it means they're more willing to experiment with smaller projects like it.

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        June 28, 2013 6:14 AM

        Actually, " downloadable brand extensions" are exactly what allow them to explore those two things.

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      June 27, 2013 2:59 PM

      The game that was leaked prior to release exceeds expectations.

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      June 27, 2013 3:19 PM

      Just beat the game for the first time last night - thoroughly fantastic. I haven't laughed this hard (out loud) while playing something in quite some time.

      I'm very glad this game succeeded.

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      June 27, 2013 3:53 PM

      No idea what cut Steam, MS and Sony take but that is only $7.5 million, right (late in the day and my math must be way off)? Maybe $4.7 million after the distributor cut and you still haven't paid overhead costs. I thought this was considered a total failure in the industry? Was it really that cheap to reproduce?

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        June 27, 2013 3:57 PM

        Dunno, but they did do that live action short for it, doubt that was cheap.

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          June 27, 2013 4:57 PM

          The game was made on a very cheap budget compared to most Ubisoft productions and they had something like a 9-12 month schedule.

          Ubisoft started their own film division, so I'm going to assume all of that was internal (and relatively cheap)

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      June 28, 2013 11:32 AM

      Way to go Ubisoft letting your game designers get creative and make something off the wall fun and amusing to play... You should be ashamed!