Ubisoft might not be making a political statement about Cuba specifically with Far Cry 6, game’s narrative director Navid Khavari has confirmed that the story the team is trying to tell is political. Far Cry 6 is set on the Caribbean island of Yara which is inspired by Cuba and its political revolutions.
Khavari recently released a statement where he talked about the ‘Politics of Far Cry 6’. ” 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. My goal was to empower our team to be fearless in the story we were telling, and we worked incredibly hard to do this over the last five years. We also tried to be very careful about how we approached our inspirations, which include Cuba, but also other countries around the world that have experienced political revolutions in their histories.”
Khavari wanted to tell a story that was accurate while being sensitive. “In our approach, we made sure to seek creators and collaborators for our team who can speak personally to the history and cultures of the regions we were inspired by. We also brought on experts and consultants to examine the game story multiple times over the course of the project to make sure it was being told with sensitivity.”
Khavari says the team talked to and researched on those who fought in the late 1950s and early 1960s revolutions and their perspectives are “absolutely reflected in our story and characters”. He continues by saying “But if anyone is seeking a simplified, binary political statement specifically on the current political climate in Cuba, they won’t find it.”
“What players will find is a story that’s point-of-view attempts to capture the political complexity of a modern, present-day revolution within a fictional context. We have attempted to tell a story with action, adventure, and heart, but that also isn’t afraid to ask hard questions. Far Cry is a brand that in its DNA seeks to have mature, complex themes balanced with levity and humor. One doesn’t exist without the other, and we have attempted to achieve this balance with care. My only hope is that we are willing to let the story speak for itself first before forming hard opinions on its political reflections,” he said at the end.
Far Cry 6 is releasing on October 7, 2021, on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC, Stadia.