While Far Cry 6 is not trying to make a political statement about Cuba specifically, the game’s narrative director Navid Khavari has confirmed that the story the team is trying to tell is in fact political.
After an interview in which Khavari revealed that, instead of trying to make a political statement about what is happening in Cuba, the team was “drawing inspiration from guerrilla movements around the world and throughout history.” In a new statement, Khavari dives deeper into the thought process.
“Our history is political,” Khavari began. “A story of a modern revolution must be. There are fierce, relevant discussions in Far Cry 6 about the conditions that lead to the growth of fascism in a nation, the costs of imperialism, forced labor, the need for free and fair elections, LGBTQ + rights and more in connection with Yara, a fictional island in the Caribbean.
“My goal was to strengthen our team to be fearless in the story we told, and we have worked incredibly hard to do this for 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 history. “
To ensure that the story Khavari and the team tried to tell was authentic and meaningful, they made sure to “seek creators and partners for our team who can speak personally to the history and culture of the regions we were inspired by.”
While Khavari states that it is not for him to decide whether the team succeeded in the mission, they tried “absolutely”.
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As for the Cuban guerrilla fighters the team spoke to who fought in revolutions in the 1950s and 1960s, they are “absolutely reflected” in the history and characters of Far Cry 6. However, those looking for political commentary focused on Cuba will not find it.
“The conversations and research done about the perspectives of those who fought revolutions in the late 1950s, early 1960s and beyond are certainly reflected in our history and characters,” Khavari explained. “But if someone seeks a simplified, binary political statement specifically about the current political climate in Cuba, they will not find it. I am from a family that has endured the consequences of the revolution. I have discussed the revolution over my dinner table all my life. I can just speak for myself, but it’s a complex topic that should never be boiled down to one quote. “
What players will find in Far Cry 6, according to Khavari, is “a story that is a point of view trying to capture the political complexity of a modern, contemporary revolution in a fictional context.” While it will still have all the “action, adventure and heart” fans have expected from the Far Cry series, it will not shy away from difficult questions.
“Far Cry is a brand that in its DNA seeks to have mature, complex themes balanced with levity and humor,” Khavari concluded. “One does not exist without the other, and we have tried to achieve this balance with care. My only hope is that we are willing to let history speak for itself before forming strong opinions about its political reflections.”
Far Cry 6 will be released on October 7, 2021. For more, check out our first preview and why Yara is the series’ biggest placement yet, is the right step,
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