Far Cry 5 covers a very controversial topic, religious extremism. It is made even more controversial due to Ubisoft choosing to present white extremists inside the United States. There was some level of backlash from the community but even though more are fine with the concept, some are feeling salty.
We recently got in touch with Far Cry 5 producer Darryl Long and asked him about their vision and idea behind focusing on religious extremism within the United States. Long stated that they wanted to make a game that showed that our backyard can be just as dangerous as far places.
Ubisoft did a ton of research on cults and religious groups.
On the road to Far Cry 5, we did a ton of research on cults and religion – old ones, new ones, etc. The Project at Eden’s Gate has been entirely created by our team but like, many of the cults we studied, they take religious elements and corrupt them for their own purposes. In true Far Cry fashion, we strongly believe that reality is far stranger than fiction and we look to anchor our core narrative in reality while making sure that we aren’t shackled by it.
As for the location of the game, In Montana for instance, Far Cry typically takes place far from home, and we thought “what if we make a game that shows you that what’s in your own backyard can be just as dangerous and as surprising as what you’ll far away?”
Far Cry 5 is releasing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC in 2018. The game is available for pre-order at first-party retailers as well as third-party ones. Ubisoft also announced a new special edition earlier.