Xbox One has announced Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon backwards compatibility, allowing the cult classic expansion to Far Cry 3 to come to current-gen consoles. The game is a throwback to 80s action movies as Rex Power Colt goes on a mission to an island that has been taken over by the Communist Empire of Vietnam. Yeah.
While Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon was a standalone thing for Far Cry 3 exclusively, it did get a sequel (despite Ubisoft saying that it wouldn’t) and crossover with Trials: Fusion in the form of Trials of the Blood Dragon, a game that focuses around Rex’s children Slayter and Roxanne as they try to rescue Rex from the Vietnamese.
The game’s colorful neon art style and general atmosphere made it one of the fastest selling titles in Ubisoft history, selling over a million copies. The sales got to the point that Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot said that there may even be physical releases of the expansion at some point. There eventually were physical releases, though only for Redbox rental.
One stated reason for Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon coming over to the Xbox One was that despite being developed for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, the game struggled to perform well on those consoles. Frame rate issues that went as low as 22 frames per second. The Xbox One’s better hardware will likely increase the frame rate and graphics with the Far Cry 3 backwards compatibility version.
While other games have come to the Xbox One’s backwards compatibility service, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon backwards compatibility unfortunately overshadows the other games (Nin2-Jump, New Rally-X, Mr. Driller Online).
Either way, hopefully Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon backwards compatibility will allow many players that didn’t get to play the expansion when it first came out, especially considering Trials of the Blood Dragon only came out on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC around a month ago.