Earlier today, Ubisoft went and made a goof over on the official Uplay page for Far Cry 4, recently announced and given a really provocative piece of cover art. Questions were raised about the depiction of the white fella sort of using a man from the region of Kyrat as an armrest, decent and worthy questions I would say. Especially given the controversial narrative perspective of Far Cry 3, the cover made a lot of people give the weary eye to Ubisoft for such a charged image.
The goof they made on their website revealed exactly the premise for Far Cry 4, and it is quite different than games from the past. Taken from the page, cached here, it goes as follows;
“Hidden in the majestic Himalayas lies Kyrat, a country steeped in tradition and violence. You are Ajay Ghale. Traveling to Kyrat to fulfill your mother’s dying wish, you find yourself caught up in a civil war to overthrow the oppressive regime of dictator Pagan Min.
Explore and navigate this vast open world, where danger and unpredictability lurk around every corner. Here, every decision counts, and every second is a story. Welcome to Kyrat.”
Now THAT is interesting. A protagonist of the actual region that the game is set in? Rebelling against a dictator who I assume is the man on the cover of the game? That is the kind of provocative I like. My interest in Far Cry 4 just went a whole lot higher.
Far Cry 4 is set to release for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and PS3 on November 18, 2014, and is available for pre-order now. Pre-ordering will get you exclusive single-player content and new weapons.