Far Cry 6 is taking us to the island of Yara, a fictional location in the Caribbean that has been crushed under the cruel rule of a dictator. The narrative teams undertook an enormous volume of research to accurately and realistically represent this conflict, drawing from Fulgencio Batista, Fidel Castro and Augusto Pinochet for the character of Anton Castillo. In fact, the world itself reflects a lot of the anecdotes from real revolutionary fighters that Ubisoft interviewed for a foundation for Yara to be built upon.
... So what's up with those outlandish weapons? A backpack that shoots rockets into the skies and rains fire on enemy soldiers? Did they have that back in the Cuban Revolution?
The answer is: no. But, they could have, had history gone a little differently. Read on to find out more about the range of weapons you'll pick up over the course of Dani Rojas' battle against the regime that robs Yara of a better future.
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The concept and mechanic of Resolver is introduced to the player through Juan Cortez, an aged inventor who fought against Anton's father decades ago as a KGB spy. To sum it up, one man's trash is another man's makeshift flamethrower. And that this has an anchor in the real experiences of Cubans' struggle for freedom is actually very cool.
"Resolver means we take whatever we have around us to make whatever we need to survive in this moment," said Alex Fernandez, who plays Juan and has a personal anchor to the character of this eccentric old soldier. His father fought against Castro's regime and was imprisoned as a result. His "scorched earth policy" was brought in as a facet of the fictional character's approach to the new revolution.
Resolver weapons are brightly coloured, in true Far Cry fashion, and it's awesome to see each component integrated while still visible, like a mosaic made from a dumpster dive. With the assistance of Juan's inventions, the Libertad movement suddenly got a lot deadlier with gatling guns powered by old motorcycle engines.
"These weapons seem to me like they live in that real tradition," continued Fernandez. "Maybe they're a little too like somebody's gonna figure this out. People don't have depleted uranium in their house, right?!" I'm sure this goes without saying but this is the Internet after all - please don't try this at home.
In the way that the rebels were able to make anything out of nothing, this tenacity was incorporated into the Resolver weapons in the way that they look and feel. Is stealth the better option? Take El Sussoro, the silenced nail gun, with you. Arriving fashionably late to an ambush? Set the skies alight with the Supremo backpack. While simultaneously underpinning the setting and proffering an explanation for the series staple of ridiculous shooty-bang things, Resolver is certainly something that shone in the showcase.
Nevertheless, seeing uniformed soldiers topple to the ground after being shot with a flying CD of Macarena did feel a little weird. The tension between the terrifying and triumphant realities that the story pulls in and the expected silliness of the Far Cry series is wavering for me. Whether this is something that comes together in the final performance is yet to be concluded, of course, but it does sound strange when you're referring to the sacrifices that real people made for their families' freedom and then hey, here's a funny backpack that explodes your enemies.
You know? It's a little weird.
Far Cry 6 comes to PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S on October 7th.
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