Video games have always had their share of controversial titles, and players have always been strongly opinionated and willing to speak their mind when it comes to controversy. With the recently released news of the upcoming game Far Cry 5 by Ubisoft Montreal, we can see that its setting and themes are looking to hit closer to home than ever before in the series history.
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For those who are uninitiated with the series, Far Cry throughout its lineup of games has remained synonymous with following the same framework. The player character is dropped into fictional exotic frontiers in realistic different locations around the world where the land and its people are ruled by those with immense stature and militaristic power. The character varying between games is tasked with teaming up with the local resistance movements in order to take down the land’s dictator and dismantle his heavy military presence.
Throughout its mainline series, we’ve been taken to places such as various islands to unnamed countries in real life places such as Africa, the Himalayas, and to even Central Europe during the Mesolithic Period. While games like Far Cry 3 and 4 have taken us to more exotic places overseas, we now see with Far Cry 5 that it’s set to take place in our own country in the state of Montana. A fictional county known as Hope County, Montana is being ruled by a doomsday cultist leader by the name of Joseph Seed whose influence through his “Project at Eden’s Gate” movement has turned the place into a perversion of his idea of a pure religion. The movement revolves around the radical followings of Seed’s teachings and his views through means of propaganda or by more forceful means.
The Far Cry games have always had us the player taking down enemies within other foreign countries, but a first for the series having pure-blooded Americans as actual enemies is entirely new territory. Many games in the past have dealt with controversies before regarding things like religion, purity, and violence. Other games like the highly regarded Bioshock Infinite have also dealt with its share of controversy regarding Columbia, the setting in which shares almost the same (if in different timelines) ideologies in purity and a country in which law governed by the principles of one takes precedent over the principles of many. Throughout Far Cry 5’s three recently released trailers, you see that the actions of the Eden’s Gate members have affected three of the game’s characters dwelling within the county hinting at means of forceful acceptance and actions of the cult itself.
Director Dan Hay has gone on record in a previous group interview saying that
“America has changed dramatically in the last four years and now it very much seems like it’s right for Far Cry to visit it”.
Plus with E3 2017 looming just around the corner, Ubisoft will have plenty of time to show off what makes this new setting and theme in Far Cry 5 a true marvel to not only behold but to discuss for months and months during and after its initial release.
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