Far Cry 6 - Review

Far Cry 6 is expected to launch sometime in April/May 2021 for PC, Stadia, the PS4 and PS5, and Xbox One and Xbox Series X. 

According to a Microsoft Store listing, Far Cry 6 will launch on May 25, 2021. Ubisoft hasn't confirmed this date, but Microsoft Store dates published before official announcements have proven true in the past.

Far Cry 6 takes place on the fictional Caribbean island of Yara, which is inspired by Cuba and described as "the largest Far Cry playground to date" and "a tropical paradise frozen in time".

It is ruled by "El Presidente" Antón Castillo (Giancarlo Esposito), a fascist dictator with full control over the island. Castillo is guiding his son Diego (Anthony Gonzalez), who is unsure of his own future, to follow in his footsteps.

Esposito described his character as a leader "trying to empower the people to understand that they need strong leadership now" but is stuck in the middle of a revolution. Esposito further added "His father was a dictator before him and he wants to empower the people to take their country back”.

His goal is to use the resources that they have within the country to survive without allowing outsiders to come in and co-opt their scientists, their intellectual property, all of these things".

Esposito continued that Antón is "trying to empower his son to take up his mantle and really embrace ideas that would allow him to see that soon he will probably be the next leader in this country".

Production of Far Cry 6 had been ongoing for four years at the time of its July 2020 announcement, with Ubisoft Toronto the lead studio for the game.

Narrative director Navid Khavari said that they started researching on revolutions of the past, they came across the idea of the modern guerrilla revolution such as the Cuban Revolution, which gave them numerous ideas of how to drive the player-character into fighting against a repressive government. This also brought back the need to give the player-character, Dani Rojas, a voice, compared to recent Far Cry games in which the protagonist had been silent. Khavari said "it was essential for us to ensure that the protagonist has a personal investment in that revolution".

Using Cuba as an influence also established the return to a tropical setting, a feature of the earlier Far Cry games, as well as giving the setting a "timeless" look due to economic blockades that had been imposed on the island, mixing vintage cars with modern weapons. Khavari spent a month in Cuba and speaking to residents there to help develop the setting.

Trailer - This introduces its main villain, Yara's dictator Antón Castillo, and his son Diego. Antón is intent on suppressing a guerrilla revolution by any means necessary, with Diego following in his footsteps. In the reveal trailer, Antón passes down one of those sinister lessons, telling Diego that he will need to keep a tight hold on the people of Yara with the helpful visual learning aid of a live grenade. Definitely not the lesson that your average 13-year-old is learning from their father.