In Far Cry 6, you get to choose whether the main character Dani Rojas is male or female. According to narrative director Navid Khavari, it was an important consideration for the developer Ubisoft Toronto to have that choice with regard to Danny’s gender.
“The choice of gender with Dani in Far Cry 6 was important to us in the sense that we kept it as a unified experience for Dani,” Khavari said in a video posted on Far Cry’s Twitter account. “After talking to several members of our team, it was something that was clearly important not to try to make two different stories. If you choose man or woman, it̵
I’m not quite on board with Danny’s story as “the same” whether they are a man or a woman – I feel that their gender would play a role in the challenges they would face in a country inspired by the late 1950s, early 1960s Cuba. Especially if you are to say that Far Cry 6 is actually a political game that discusses topics such as fascism, imperialism, forced labor, LGBTQ + rights and free choice. We have to wait and see how Ubisoft Toronto balances the story so that it makes sense for the main character to be male or female.
Another interesting note in the video is that Khavari also says that Dani “was born and raised in the capital Esperanza on the island of Yara,” and that “it was very important for us to have someone who is from Yara, is local to Esperanza.” So how will such a character background affect Ubisoft’s traditional open world format for finding towers to unlock parts of the map? Previous Ubisoft games have traditionally thrown the protagonist into unfamiliar territory, explaining the need to blur the map; Dani breaks that trend.
Maybe we’ll learn more at Ubisoft Forward, scheduled for June 12, right at the start of E3. Far Cry 6 to be released for Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, PS5, PS4 and PC October 7th.
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