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Blood Dragon and the “mini-AAA”

By breadbitten10-09-2013

Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon has sold a million copies.

The download-only spin-off of a popular open-world first person shooter has sold a million copies.

Hrrm, when you read it like that it loses quite a bit of its cache.

Anyway, yes, Blood Dragon has proven quite successful for publisher Ubisoft, CEO Yves Guillemot revealed in an interview with Game Informer.

"What's changing is that there's also more digital sales," as stated by Guillemot, "so it means you can come out with games that are smaller in size, but bigger in innovation, because you don't target a huge group. You can target specific audiences who want to play that one day." Adding that, "You will see more and more of those in the future."

That a "downloadable-only spin-off of a popular open-world first person shooter has sold a million copies" is almost beside the point now. Which point you ask? That this newer form of downloadable games with smaller budgets (into which both Blood Dragon and Call of Juarez: Gunslinger fall I suppose) are dubbed "mini-AAA" ('aaa'?) by Guillemot. Yes. You read that right. I don't know about you but I'm getting awful tired off all these game-genre terminologies and such. Indie, AAA, mid-tier, blahdee-lahdee-dahdee-dah!

I'm sorry. I need a shower.

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