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Now let’s be very clear; it appears from the announcement trailer that the antagonists are some sort of unhinged militant cult causing some shit that requires some stopping. Sounds like your average Far Cry, right?
However this time the action is taking place in the United States instead of some foreign tropical location. And that means the antagonists are American. Add in that Montana is a red state and predominantly christian, and in the political climate we’re dealing with in this country right now, you can see why this is becoming a talking point.
From the limited information we have thus far, this looks like a game that could really have something to say about some of the issues we’re dealing with in this country. It could, potentially, tell a story that explores some of our political and religious divides on a more granular, personalized level. Perhaps even try to bring about a little understanding as to what may lead certain people to feel disenfranchised in this country. To feel like they don’t have a voice, like their government isn’t listening.
Or it could be a giant fucking caricature of the whole situation whose only goal is to drum up controversy, free press and sell copies.
Let’s just say I’m hoping for the former and preparing for the latter.
I’d hate to think Ubisoft is walking into this face first without the intention of wholly committing to the premise. It’s not like there is any way not to draw parallels between the setting they chose, and the deep divide in this country, so if their plan is to creep right up to this hornet’s nest, but then sheepishly tiptoe around it, I feel like the whole exercise will be nothing more than a massive disappointment.
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