Dean Evans, the creative director behind Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is leaving Ubisoft and taking a break from game development.
Evans announced the news in an interview with Game Informer in which he went over a variety of different topics. Over his 12-year career at Ubisoft, Evans worked on the Far Cry, Splinter Cell, and Assassin’s Creed franchises and before that worked at Rockstar and Sony. His past roles include Marketing Game Manager, In-Game Trailer Director and Realization Director, among others.
The last year has been a tumultuous one for Evans as he split with his wife and had his upcoming project with Ubisoft cancelled. Following the cancellation of the project, Ubisoft offered him a chance to join the editorial leadership group in Paris but he instead chose to step aside.
He says that he questioned if it “is the best option for me to move to another foreign country? I’m 40 this year, and it’s so f***ing cliche, but you do think about it in the same way you do when you turn 30. These milestones, you start thinking about what you really want to be doing and whether you’re making the right decision.”
That being said, Evans says that his departure from Ubisoft has been amicable and that he plans on travelling the world before jumping into a new project.
As for what his plans are after his break, Evans says that he has many possible endeavours including potentially creating his own video game studio.
“A lot of people have been complaining about the triple-A business and the lack of risk taking, that I’d be a total f***ing hypocrite if I moved forward and didn’t take any risks,” he says. “So f**k it, I think I might go out and set up my own studio and see where that goes.”
Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a parody of 1980s action films, cartoons and video games, that takes place on a retro style island. The story follows protagonist Sergeant Rex ‘Power’ Colt in his mission to “get the girl, kill the baddies, and save the world.” The game was released as a follow-up to 2012’s Far Cry 3 and received a mostly positive response, garnering an average of 81% on review aggregate site Metacritic.
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