Despite a recent statement Far Cry 6 will not make a political statement, an open letter was published by Ubisoft beginning with the line “Our story is political”.
The letter comes from Far Cry 6 Narrative Director Navid Khavari, who hosted the gameplay reveal for the game a few days ago. It mentions the various conversations the game seeks to have through its open world shooter gameplay. Khavari also talks about what inspired the team to write this particular story that encompasses the current problems in Cuba.
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Khavari describes his approach of building a diverse team that personally knows the history and culture of the regions that have inspired Far Cry 6‘s fictional Caribbean setting by Yara. This also includes the perspectives of those who fought in the late 1950s and early 1960s, gained through discussions and research by the team.
Here is the full letter from Khavari as posted by Ubisoft:
“Our story is political.
There has to be a story about a modern revolution. Far Cry 6 has tough, relevant discussions about the conditions leading to the rise of fascism in a nation, the cost of imperialism, forced labor, the need for free and fair elections, LGBTQ + rights, and more in the context of Yara, a fictional one Island in the Caribbean. My goal was to empower our team to be fearless in the story we were telling, and we’ve worked incredibly hard on it over the past five years. We have also tried to be very careful with our inspirations, which include Cuba, but also other countries around the world that have seen political revolutions in their history.
In our approach, we have made sure to find creators and collaborators for our team who can speak personally about the history and cultures of the regions that inspired us. We also brought in experts and consultants to examine the game story several times over the course of the project to ensure it was told with sensitivity. It’s not up to me to decide if we were successful, but I can say we absolutely tried.
The conversations and research into the perspectives of those who fought revolutions in the late 1950s, early 1960s and beyond is absolutely reflected in our story and our characters. But if someone is looking for a simplified, binary political statement specifically about the current political climate in Cuba, they will not find it. I come from a family that has endured the aftermath of the revolution. I’ve debated revolution at the dining table all my life. I can only speak for myself, but it’s a complex subject that should never be reduced to a single quote.
What the players find is a story that tries to capture the political complexities of a modern, contemporary revolution in a fictional context. We tried to tell a story with action, adventure and heart, but one that is also not afraid to ask hard questions. Far Cry is a brand that aims in its DNA to balance mature, complex topics with ease and humor. One does not exist without the other, and we have tried carefully to achieve this balance. My only hope is that we are ready to let the story speak for itself first before we form a hard opinion on its political deliberations.
Thank you for reading.”
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After this Far Cry 6 Gameplay reveal, an interview with Khavari from online video game publication TheGamer, indicated that the game is inherently political, but not some kind of commentary specifically about Cuba.
“But we also fell in love with the culture and the people we met,” says Khavari of the actual guerrillas they were interviewed for Far Cry 6. “When we got away with it, we didn’t feel that we had to do Cuba, we realized that it was a complicated island and that our game didn’t want to make a political statement about what was happening specifically in Cuba.”
Far Cry 6 will be released on October 7th on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, Google Stadia and PC.