Far Cry 6 Story Is Political and Isn’t Afraid to Ask Hard Questions, Says Ubisoft

Alessio Palumbo
Far Cry 6

In a blog post published yesterday, Far Cry 6 Narrative Director Navid Khavari tried to convey the message that the game's story is indeed political in nature. Players will enter the Cuba-inspired fictional country of Yara and attempt to liberate it from the yoke of dictator Antón Castillo (played by Giancarlo Esposito).

Our story is political.

A story about a modern revolution must be. There are hard, relevant discussions in Far Cry 6 about the conditions that lead to the rise of fascism in a nation, the costs of imperialism, forced labor, the need for free-and-fair elections, LGBTQ+ rights, and more within the context of Yara, a fictional island in the Caribbean.

[...] In our approach we made sure to seek creators and collaborators for our team who can speak personally to the history and cultures of the regions we were inspired by. We also brought on experts and consultants to examine the game story multiple times over the course of the project to make sure it was being told with sensitivity. It is not for me to decide if we succeeded, but I can say we absolutely tried.

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. But if anyone is seeking a simplified, binary political statement specifically on the current political climate in Cuba, they won’t find it.

What players will find in Far Cry 6 is a story that’s point-of-view attempts to capture the political complexity of a modern, present-day revolution within a fictional context. We have attempted to tell a story with action, adventure, and heart, but that also isn’t afraid to ask hard questions. Far Cry is a brand that in its DNA seeks to have mature, complex themes balanced with levity and humor. One doesn’t exist without the other, and we have attempted to achieve this balance with care.

Check out our recent hands-off preview of Far Cry 6, which includes an exclusive Q&A with Navid Khavari himself. The game will launch on October 7th for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, Google Stadia, and Amazon Luna.

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