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Far Cry 6 places the player at the centre of a volatile revolution, trailing a stream of gunpowder that only needs the slightest spark to ignite. To really hammer home the reality of such a situation, the writers spoke to real guerrilla fighters to get their experiences into the game.
Yara is the fictional setting of Far Cry 6 and it's described to be a "tropical paradise frozen in time" that is being suffocated by its cutthroat dictator, President Antón Castillo. Yes, that is actor Giancarlo Esposito, known for his roles in The Mandalorian and Breaking Bad, playing the villain of the game. What a get, right? Talking to us as part of a preview, narrative director Navid Khavari relayed that working with the Emmy Award nominee was a dream come true. "He showed up with all of these notes on the script and he really wanted to hone in on the aspect of Antón as a father," said Khavari. Diego, the character's teenage son, will be the one who inherits Yara after his father passes away, and it's clear that prospect already weighs heavy on the boy's mind. "The conversation went for four straight hours... he was really ready to embrace being part of the Far Cry legacy," enthused the director.
This Caribbean island is a far cry (sorry, I had to) from the imposing mountains of Hope County and the desolate flora and fauna of New Dawn. Check out the beauty of the scenery in the gameplay preview below.
Of course, Esposito wasn't the only one who took on extra reading for an authentic representation of the cast of characters in Far Cry 6. Khavari explained that the writing team consulted with real rebels and former guerrilla fighters from the 1950s and 1960s to add a layer of realism to the Yarans' cause. "There are guerrillas out there that lost loved ones and they were traumatised by that and caused them to pick up a rifle and fight," he said. Moreover, they spoke to people who rebelled for their belief in a better vision for their country, whereas others that said they were on the front lines purely for the adrenaline rush.
"Guerrilla warfare and guerrilla conflict is filled with people with complex motivations," continued Khavari. "So when you root these people into the world, it's not about one of them being right or wrong... They're not going to agree all of the time and Dani's not going to agree with them all of the time either, and that's where the real meat of the narrative comes out. All the way from Dani, straight to Antón."
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