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Far Cry 5 is courting controversy

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Tomorrow, Ubisoft will officially unveil Far Cry 5 after a series of vignettes teased its Montana location. That’s unusual for a series that usually has you, the player, off in remote locales killing the local population. That move alone – having you killing Americans – is likely to be controversial enough. There’s bound to be more controversy though. Yesterday, Ubisoft teased a little more, showing off the bad people – and they appear to be religious fundamentalists.

The artwork Ubisoft showed off yesterday suggests that the enemy is a band of white Christian fundamentalists. Presented as a take on The Last Supper, the Christ figure in this redneck tableau is a bearded man wearing yellow-tinged sunglasses. Other bearded and importantly armed men surround him, joined by a woman with flowers in her hair and oddly, a wolf or breed of dog that resembles a wolf. In front of the table sits a man with the word “sinner” carved into his back.

The table is draped in the American flag, with the stars switched out for The Iron Cross; the famous German military medal that’s usually used in conjunction with Swastikas to demonstrate some sort of perceived racial superiority. The table is also home to Christianity’s Eucharist; the goblet of wine and bread – and also Americana like a wholesome apple pie.

The game is going to play up the intersection of politics, religion, and wanton and gratuitous violence – and it’s going to need to tread carefully. Right now, I’m very interested – just by the fact that American people are the enemy in a genre that usually prefers narratively safer foreign targets, dictators, despots and rebel militia. For the American populace, this is going to hit far closer to home.

It’ll be really interesting to see who we get to play as in Far Cry 5 given the overt political division in today’s mad world. It’s already politically controversial, but should the game feature a playable woman – especially one who is a person of colour, certain right wing subsets of the internet may actually explode.

We’ll find out tomorrow.


Last Updated: May 25, 2017


  1. PoisonedBelial

    May 25, 2017 at 09:08

    *grabs popcorn*


  2. Original Heretic

    May 25, 2017 at 09:11

    A game where I’ll get to kill Christian extremists?

    Well, they don’t call me heretic for nothing.


    • Viper_ZA

      May 25, 2017 at 09:20

      Let’s hope they get to release it as intended as FC4 / Primal was a let down for me anyway.


      • Original Heretic

        May 25, 2017 at 09:29

        Never jammed those, so I’m REALLY looking forward to this one.


    • Sageville

      May 25, 2017 at 09:51

      From this I’m guessing the main baddy is one of those religious christian cult nutters, if they could add some hillbillies and politicians to shoot, I’d pre-order this immediately.


      • Original Heretic

        May 25, 2017 at 10:04

        Dude, as good as it looks, wait for the review. Pre-orders are more evil than I am.


  3. PoisonedBelial

    May 25, 2017 at 09:17

    Hopefully this will be the game soundtrack:


  4. Aries

    May 25, 2017 at 09:25

    Looks also like they took some inspiration from into the badlands with the characters


  5. Aries

    May 25, 2017 at 09:26

    Hope this is good, never liked any of the other far cry games anyhow


  6. Gavin Mannion

    May 25, 2017 at 09:27

    Oh boy oh boy oh boy… Trump supporter hunting virtualised.. sounds amazing


    • Sageville

      May 25, 2017 at 09:54

      You think there will be a side quest to burn flags….


    • K1FF J1MB0B (sizzle edition)

      May 25, 2017 at 09:59

      Far Cry 6 might be where you get to hunt left wingers who love talking shit on the internet and assume every conservative is a hillbilly cultist.


      • Praise KEK

        May 25, 2017 at 13:17

        But how are you going to get into their parent’s basement to hunt them there? XD


  7. PoisonedBelial

    May 25, 2017 at 09:28

  8. Ottokie

    May 25, 2017 at 09:30

    I like the wolf on the right having a cold one


  9. Gavin Mannion

    May 25, 2017 at 09:56

    You notice the American flag is under their churches flag.. so it’ll probably have a sub plot of being anti-american etc to help ease the pain


    • Skittle

      May 25, 2017 at 10:52

      Maybe this poster is misleading, maybe the rednecks are defending their churches and the US of A from the Californian liberals that didn’t want to be part of Trumps America


    • HvR

      May 25, 2017 at 14:20

      And it is not THE flag but their version. That will actually make the most sense considering the setting of Montana.

      Montana and Idaho is the location of various anti-American government Anarchist christian groups, like the Montana Freeman. Especially after the ATF f-up of Ruby Ridge.

      Also the area from which Oklahoma bomber and his group came from.


  10. Skittle

    May 25, 2017 at 10:38

    I don’t think that is the Iron Cross, while similar, the Iron cross didn’t have those little diagonal points.


    • Praise KEK

      May 25, 2017 at 13:13

      I actually had to go and google. You’re right – its not an Iron Cross!


  11. The Fandangler

    May 25, 2017 at 10:47

    If they do go ahead and make a game with a black woman killing white supremacist hillbillies, then the SJWs will crow and there will be Anita Sarkeesian gifs all over the place, but nobody will ACTUALLY BUY IT.


  12. Steffmeister

    May 25, 2017 at 10:58

    I’m actually now interested in a FarCry game… did not see that one coming. Nice move Ubi, you win this round.


  13. Peet Luckhoff

    May 25, 2017 at 11:28

    I see fighter planes in the background….


  14. D4RKL1NG

    May 25, 2017 at 11:53

    “certain right wing subsets of the internet may actually explode.”

    There’s only one group who explodes when offended



  15. Milesh Bhana

    May 25, 2017 at 12:22

    Bioshock Infinite had american enemies and the main protagonist spouting “American Values” type propaganda…


  16. Jim of the Banana

    May 25, 2017 at 12:30

    Screw you guys, I’m not going to the back of the bus! I’ll be using my shotgun and flamethrower to RIGHT THE WRONGS!!! WOOOOOOOOOHHH WEEEEE!!!!


  17. Milesh Bhana

    May 25, 2017 at 12:39

    they said nothing about the protagonist, if he’s not white, that’ll open a whole new can of worms.
    It’s a muslim character – internet explodes
    but it’s a female – internet implodes
    who identifies as… – Armageddon.


    • Skittle

      May 25, 2017 at 14:07

      A Muslim running around the US killing Americans would be a very bad choice due to terrorist events in the past few months – Ubi is not that stupid


  18. HvR

    May 25, 2017 at 13:12

    Think the only ones that is really going to be pissed off is the Germans; confusing a long standing German military symbol that is still in use today with a Nazi symbol. Those Ubisoft frenchies better get their surrender flags ready.

    It is only the extreme left and liberal media that make the association of not liberal = far right


    • Praise KEK

      May 25, 2017 at 13:14

      Agreed. But both sides of the extreme left and right scare the shit out of me.


      • Jim of the Banana

        May 25, 2017 at 17:31



  19. RinceThis

    May 25, 2017 at 13:20

    cannot wait!


  20. Jim of the Banana

    May 25, 2017 at 14:42

    I hope those guys are the heroes of the game, and they’re fighting off the blue-haired SJW mutants, antifa retards, and heathens from the city….

    That would make an epic game!


  21. CodeDisQus

    May 25, 2017 at 14:58

    Loving the new direction, killing brown people in the jungle was getting old


  22. Gardos

    May 25, 2017 at 15:45

    As opposed to the myriad of games that portray other religions, ethnicities and nationalities as the bad guy ALL THE TIME?!

    I’m pre-ordering this mofo (I’m probably not but I’m trying to make a point)


  23. Deceased

    May 26, 2017 at 00:30

    looking forward to this


  24. Magoo

    May 26, 2017 at 11:23

    Get ready to play as…

    The Offended


  25. Erik Larsen

    May 28, 2017 at 02:27

    these are whiny christian extremists and they dont like it when videogames do things they dont like


  26. ja_1410

    May 28, 2017 at 16:22

    They can always do a sequel where we can freely eliminate antifa thugs.


  27. Dallas Grant

    June 12, 2017 at 06:44

    You’re an idiot, only americans would think that anyone actually cares, it’s a game, it’s not real life, so how about you get a life out side your precious US-of-f**king-A and join the rest of us in the real world where games are games, and only idiots think otherwise.


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