Ubisoft also says they're not trying to make a political statement about Cuba... in a game based on Cuba.
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Ubisoft had a big reveal stream today for Far Cry 6, wherein they showed off some new gameplay and story elements. The company also revealed that the game will be released on October 7, 2021 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Stadia, Amazon Luna, and PC via the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Connect.

Today's reveal sure did show off a game that very much has that special Far Cry DNA. There is no mistaking it, this here is a Far Cry game.

In the game, you will be going up against a fascist dictator named Anton Castillo, played by Giancarlo Esposito. Castillo will also be guiding his son, Diego, while a revolution amongst the people is taking place in the city of Yara.

To get information and background for characters and story in Far Cry 6, Ubisoft developers spoke with actual Cuban guerilla fighters. However, the studio claims it "doesn't want to make a political statement about what's happening in Cuba specifically." Here is what narrative director Navid Khavari said in an interview with TheGamer.

“The original inspiration was Guerilla Warfare and what is that guerilla fantasy, which is obviously tied to revolution. When you talk about guerillas, you think of the guerillas in the 1950s and 1960s, we actually went down there to speak to actual guerilla fighters who fought back then, and we just really fell in love with their stories,” Khavari tells us.

“But we also fell in love with the culture and people we met. When we came out of that, it wasn’t that we felt we had to do Cuba, we realised it’s a complicated island and our game doesn’t want to make a political statement about what’s happening in Cuba specifically. Beyond that, we’re drawing inspiration from guerilla movements around the world and throughout history. For us, it felt like doing the island of Yara would help us tell that story while being very open with our politics and inspiration.”
This feels like a good step forward for Ubisoft. It used to be that they outright denied that their games were political completely. Baby steps here. Baby steps.

Featured below are two new videos released today. One is gameplay focused while the other provides players with a better look at some of the characters you will encounter.

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