The early trailers for Far Cry 5 had some people nervously wondering if the game was going to be about shooting white Republicans.
Now that the game is out, though, it seems those fears were unfounded.
Far Cry is a series known for dropping you into an exotic land full of hostile natives that you are required to shoot in order to survive. But when it was revealed that the bad guys in Far Cry 5 would be mostly white guys from middle America, some people seemed uncomfortable.
But as it turns out, the game is less politics and more of a mish-mash of cult imagery – the game’s Eden’s Gate cult sounds like the actual Heaven’s Gate, and the echoes of Waco, Texas ring a lot louder than the perhaps coincidental similarities to the Oregon standoff of 2016.
But Far Cry 5 Creative Director Dan Hay isn’t denying that America’s current political climate has had some influence on his game.
“I get asked, is it about America, is it about a certain administration?” he says. “The answer is that it takes from all of that stuff. It definitely feels like we’re very close to the edge right now.”
VICE News went to Ubisoft’s headquarters to find out what it means to make a game about the end of the world, when that vision is starting to look a bit more realistic.
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