Ubisoft has been suddenly teasing the sequel to 2014’s Far Cry 4 because I don’t know if you know this, but E3 is in a couple weeks. Far Cry 5 sounds fairly interesting as it plans to bring players to America in the fictional setting of Hope County, Montana. The first key art for the game has been released that is just as provocative as you expect from a game series where the villain is almost always the main character. You can check that out below:
This key art follows the slew of teaser trailers that were released earlier this week. A full reveal will be coming this Friday, May 26th from Ubisoft, but for now, allow me to highlight some of the major concerns that this poster already brings up. For one thing, there is a lack of diversity in this poster. Now, because it is focused on the villains, it makes sense that Far Cry 5 would omit this, but it also means that it is highly likely that either the protagonist or some faction or other is going to be targeted by the enemy for not being white. That’s just speculation, but I’m concerned because Far Cry has notoriously been bad with its handling of touchy subject matter. It boldly confronts it, but it often stumbles with the execution.
It seems clear though that this will be a religious villain based on The Last Supper imagery and an American flag with crosses instead of stars. I’m totally fine with that, I just worry that Ubisoft is perhaps not the developers to be tackling touchy subject matter based on previous experience with Far Cry 4 and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands, the latter of which recently surprised me at how much it wanted to be fun while still dealing with serious issues. This poster continues with the same tone of previous Far Cry marketing, and I have very serious concerns. However, we won’t know for sure until May 26th when the worldwide reveal happens.
Let us know in the comments below how you feel about the new setting, key art, or Far Cry as a whole!
Source: Ubisoft Twitter
Looking forward to seeing more on Friday. I didn’t stick with Far Cry 4 for very long but I can’t help but be interested in seeing where this series decides to go.