“Not-so-political” Far Cry 6 is political after all, Ubi confesses

Even though Yara – the digital playground in Far Cry 6 – is fictional, its setting absolutely isn’t. Guerrilla warfare is still happening in a lot of places and it has marked the history of quite a few countries. Cuba, for example. So it wasn’t hard to piece together that Far Cry 6 might have a political story to tell. According to Ubisoft, it doesn’t. But now it does. And that revelation comes from the same Ubisoft. Yeah, I know…

As published in a blog post literally called The Politics of Far Cry 6, Narrative Director Navid Khavari puts it this way.

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.

This is a big 180 from Ubisoft’s previous stand, as previously stated by The Gamer. The “we’re not making a political statement whatsoever” has now turned into a carefully rephrased “we’re not making a statement about Cuba”. Very clever, Ubisoft. Very clever, indeed. But is it a surprising update? Of course, it isn’t. I mean, look at the reveal. It practically oozes every possible political discharge out of every orifice.

At least Ubisoft is trying its best to get trustworthy intel regarding the entire guerrilla warfare thing they’re trying to shoehorn into Far Cry 6. Actual guerrilla fighters from the 1950s and early 1960s were interviewed to get their perspectives reflected in the game. Still, Ubisoft pledges that it will refrain from creating a simplified, binary political statement specifically on the current political climate in Cuba. Sio it’s close, but no cigar.

How all of this political stuff is gonna pan out, we’ll know when Far Cry 6 hits the shelves. Far Cry 6 is coming to PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on October 7. But before you go and pre-order for your trusty PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, wait until you see the last-gen footage that Ubisoft will show eventually. They wouldn’t want you to be all disappointed post-launch.