So it turns out that Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon April Fools joke is really no joke after all, and Ubisoft really is planning a non-sequitur, 80s-themed Far Cry 3 spin-off. That's old news, of course—we've known it since last week. The real question is, when is Blood Dragon coming out?
The guys over at Joystiq think they know the answer to that. Buried in the game's Xbox Live Marketplace listing (which has since been pulled), they found an apparently official release date: May 1. I just scoured Google's cache of the listing, and Joystiq's story checks out. The page says clearly, "ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: 5/1/2013." It also includes this priceless teaser paragraph:
Far Cry® 3 Blood Dragon is THE Kick-Ass Cyber Shooter taking place on a bizarre open-world island crawling with evil. Welcome to an 80’s VHS vision of the future. The year is 2007 and you are Sargent Rex Colt, a Mark IV Cyber Commando who’s fighting against a cyborg army gone rogue. Your mission: get the girl, kill the baddies, and save the world. Experience every cliché of a VHS era vision of a nuclear future, where cyborgs, blood dragons, mutants, and Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens, Navy Seals) collide. Playing Far Cry® 3 Blood Dragon doesn't require a copy of Far Cry® 3.
Note the last sentence: Blood Dragon won't require a copy of Far Cry 3. That makes it less of a DLC and more of a stand-alone spin-off—just as well, since I'm sure even folks who passed on Far Cry 3 will want to give this rather odd specimen a try. I know I will.