FRENCH GAMING OUTFIT Ubisoft has reacted quickly to an obvious leak of its game Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.
News of the game first appeared around 1 April, causing people to think that it might be a prank. It is a very large step away from the Far Cry 3 we know now, and a great big moon-booted leap back into the 1980s.
"The year is 2007. It is the future. Earth has been ravaged by a nuclear war and new paths for peace must be found. A U.S. cyborg army may have found a solution: a powerful bioweapon on a distant island," reads the synopsis.
"A Mark IV Cyber Commando, Sergeant Rex Power Colt has been sent over to gather nformation and figure out what the hell is going on."
A blurry trailer kicked off speculation on that date, and yesterday gameplay appeared online that showed the game in action.
The gameplay revealed might not have been authentic, and while it did sound like one of the characters from the game was narrating it with a slight French accent, Ubisoft has been quick to disclaim it.
The BBC reports that Russian hackers are to blame for the leak, which was made available on a range of file sharing websites, and that they managed to get hold of the title from Ubisoft's Uplay servers.
"We are aware of the issue and are working to resolve it quickly," said a Ubisoft spokesperson.
"Uplay's PC download service will be unavailable until the problem is fixed, but no personal information was compromised and all other Uplay services remain available."
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon looks very nice indeed. It has a retro 80s look and references, and cyborgs and lasers and just about anything else you might have wanted from what was already a good game.
The game footage has been removed from Youtube, but there is a basic trailer below. The gameplay trailer just released by Ubisoft contains bad language, so we are only linking to that. µ
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