so Blog article published yesterday, Far Cry 6 Narrative director Navid Khavari writes that the story of the game is “political.” This post is a response to a comment made by Mr. Kavali in an interview last week.
“Our story is political,” the post begins.
“The story of the modern revolution must be. In Far Cry 6, there is a hard and appropriate discussion of the conditions that lead to the rise of fascism in the state, the cost of imperialism, forced labor, and the need for freedom and justice. It’s happening. My goal in the context of the fictional Caribbean island of Yarra, including elections and LGBTQ + rights, is to help teams be fearless in the stories we’re telling. We also paid great attention to how we approach inspiration, not only in Cuba, but also in other countries around the world that have undergone political revolutions in history. ”
This post details the research carried out, the efforts carried out, and the personal connection of Havari’s family to the revolution.
In a series of interviews last week Far Cry 6 in line with gameplay release, Khavari talked about the team’s research, especially on Cuba. “When I got out of there, I didn’t feel I needed to do Cuba,” he said. “We recognize that it’s a complex island and our game doesn’t want to make political statements about what’s happening, especially in Cuba.”
The quote was then truncated simply as “I don’t want to make political statements” and the headlines and tweets “especially about what’s happening in Cuba” were omitted. What now looks like another game developer who claims to be non-political has caused a wave of traditional dunks.
Video games about war and revolution are political, and it’s clearly ridiculous for developers to claim they aren’t. But what happened here is not.
Even the Narrative Director of Far Cry 6 Had Said that their game is not political and challenging Ubisoft on the marketing line only encourages them to have a better marketing line in the future. It’s not as important as asking specifically what Far Cry 6’s politics is, where it succeeds or fails, but such conversations are every time a discussion is assembled as a binary by gocha quotes or dunk tweets. It will be difficult.
There are many honest reasons to criticize Far Cry game politics–and There are many good reasons to criticize Ubisoft..