Far Cry 6: Story is definitely political

Far Cry 6: Story is definitely political

Far Cry 6

Political stories in computer games are a double-edged sword. Actually, gamers just want to have fun without having to deal with issues that arise in the real world. Sometimes players fear being "forced" on a developer's political opinion. For Far Cry 6, Ubisoft declares that the story will definitely be political.

Far Cry 6 tells a political story

Just last week, Ubisoft's Narrative Director Navid Khavari said: "We've got into fell in love with the culture and the people [of Cuba] we met, but we didn't feel we had to do Cuba, we realized that it is a complicated island and our game doesn't want to make a political statement about what is special happened in Cuba. "

Now the situation looks a little different. Navid Khavari now stated, "Our history is political. It has to be a story about a modern revolution. There are tough, relevant discussions in Far Cry 6 (buy now) about the conditions that lead to the rise of fascism in a nation that Cost of imperialism, forced labor, the need for free and fair elections, LGBTQ + rights and more in the context of Yara, a fictional island in the Caribbean. "

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"What the players will find is a story whose point-of-view tries to explain the political complexity of a modern, to capture the current revolution in a fictional context. We tried to tell a story with action, adventure and heart, but one that is not afraid to ask hard questions, "said Navid Khavari.

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Far Cry 6 Is Political, Narrative Director Says

Following statements last week that had some players confused on whether Far Cry 6 is a 'political game,' narrative director Navid Khavari has made things unquestionably clear: Far Cry 6 is a political game.

In a post on the official Ubisoft website, Khavari said that a 'story about a modern revolution' has to be political and that Far Cry 6 will contain discussions on topics like fascism, imperialism, forced labor, LGBTQ+ rights, and free elections, though this will be in the context of the fictional Yara nation rather than a real country. The setting was clearly inspired by Cuba, but it's not directly inspired by Cuba alone, and it's this distinction that may have led to confusion about the game's political intentions or lack thereof.

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'The conversations and research done on the perspectives of those who fought revolutions in the late 1950s, early 1960s, and beyond are absolutely reflected in our story and characters,' Khavari said. 'But if anyone is seeking a simplified, binary political statement specifically on the current political climate in Cuba, they won't find it.'

There will still be 'levity and humor' in Far Cry 6, as it's a major element in the series, but Ubisoft aimed to also include mature themes and tackle complex political issues in the game, albeit regarding the fictional country.

'My only hope is that we are willing to let the story speak for itself first before forming hard opinions on its political reflections.'

Though Far Cry 5 seemed set to tackle political issues, as well--its box art features an American flag draped over a Last Supper-like table, for Pete's sake--the game was actually focused on a religious cult and had little topical commentary. It remains to be seen how effective Far Cry 6 is in its about-face, but Khavari's statements make it sound like the game does have something to say.

The initial confusion came after Khavari said Ubisoft didn't 'want to make a political statement about what's happening in Cuba specifically,' which some took as a statement on the game's apolitical nature as a whole. Given Ubisoft's past shying away from direct political messaging in its games--even overtly political ones like the DC-set The Division 2--the company's willingness to finally address the elephant in the room is encouraging.

Far Cry 6 releases for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, PS5, Stadia and PC on October 7. We expect to see more of it at Ubisoft Forward on June 12.

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