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Welcome to the future … well, a 1980s and 1990s laser-disc sci-fi future.

Ubisoft’s incredible motorcycle platforming series is back with a new entry that combines it with the Blood Dragon spin off of Far Cry. Trials of the Blood Dragon, which Ubisoft announced today at its media briefing in Los Angeles before the Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow, is out now for $15 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Like with Far Cry: Blood Dragon, developer Red Lynx is pouring a style in the game that is reminiscent of 1980s and 1990s action films and youth culture.

Or, put another way, it looks like a Trapper Keeper made love with a Michael Biehn movie.

In the trailer below, you can see how the developer incorporates VHS tracking, a laser-disc loading screen, Saturday-morning cartoons, and more to establish the new tone for Trials. Check it out:

Trials began in 2000 as a browser game. In 2007, developer RedLynx released the sequel and then remade it for PC as Trials 2: Second Edition. But the series didn’t breakout until Trials HD for the Xbox 360’s Xbox Live Aracde in 2009. That release caught on with a huge crowd, and it was one of the best-selling XBLA games ever made. Ubisoft followed that up with Trials Evolution for Xbox 360 and then, most recently, Trials Fusion in 2014 for consoles and PC. Ubisoft also expanded the franchise to mobile with Trials Frontier, a free-to-play take on the franchise that got 6 million downloads in its first week.

The franchise is well-known for its precise controls and challenging courses, but it has also developed a sense of humor over the last few entries.

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