The “Far Cry” series has developed a reputation for beautiful locations, plenty of guns, impressive voice work and courting controversy by placing the blank-slate protagonist in exotic locales with guns pointed toward the local populace. Previous games have been set in the South Pacific, Africa, an oceanic archipelago and even a fabricated country located within the Himalayas. Far Cry 5 seems to be breaking away from this world tour approach by taking place within the United States. In recent press materials for the game, Far Cry 5 indicates that it will be set in Montana with a religious cult of rural, pro-gun Caucasians as its primary source of antagonism.
Drawing inspiration from real life, the imagery seems to be taken from the 2016 occupation of an Oregonian wildlife refuge. With the exception of the “Grand Theft Auto” and “Postal” franchises, few modern, “triple A” titles feature American citizens as the enemy; most games go for a non-controversial element, having the player contend with extraterrestrials, the undead, sentient machines, Nazis or faceless “foreigners.” While plenty has been explained about Far Cry 5’s setting and antagonists, the identity of the player character is a complete unknown. Far Cry 2 let the player select his ethnicity; Far Cry 3 had a white collegiate gaining tribal tattoos and Far Cry 4’s protagonist was returning home to spread his mother’s ashes. Whatever ethnicity the Far Cry 5 protagonist is, the choice will likely be made to counterpoint its antagonists.
Initial impressions of the game’s press materials have been mixed, but sharp on both ends. Where some people commented that they would find out which company makes the Far Cry series so that that company will never receive a cent by purchasing their games, others responded with the perceived hope that Caucasians would become evil by promising to follow throw and others still greeted the opportunity to mow down proxies for religious bigots via chain gun with great enthusiasm. While it’s unknown how Far Cry 5 will offer the usual beautiful settings and dangerous weapons, its press kit mentions that it will discuss video game violence and why the acceptance of murdering virtual people is entirely dependent on which political, religious or ethnic group happens to be in the gunner’s sights.