Ubisoft is holding nothing back with Far Cry 5. The series is certainly no stranger to controversy — who could forget the faux-outrage squared at Far Cry 4‘s box art — and the first piece of key art for Far Cry 5 has once again ignited plenty of heated debate around the franchise.
Far Cry 5 will be set in Montana in modern times, putting to bed rumours about the game potentially being a Western (although it could very well be a modern day Western).
This latest instalment will be set in Hope County, Montana, and will feature some very interesting characters.
Based on the key art below, it’s clear that the main villain will be the leader of a fanatical religious cult.
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What’s particularly obvious is that the imagery is modelled of off The Last Supper of Jesus Christ.
There’s a few other interesting tidbits to gather from this box art.
The flag on the table has the stars replaced with the cross that is nailed to the church in the distance. This could point to a religiously-motivated militia taking over the County and installing their own flag and governance.
There’s also a prisoner with the tattoo “sinner”, suggesting a very cruel form of punishment for those that break the rules or go against the group.
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You can also see the holy grail — or something symbolic of it — nestled on the table next to the central character.
Guns and religion … that seems to be a fairly central theme here. And an all-white cast makes it a fairly powerful statement. It’ll be very interesting to see how the game deals with modern day issues surrounding religion, race, violence, and other social issues.
Ubisoft is set to reveal Far Cry 5 to the world this Saturday, May 27 (May 26 US time).
It’s in development for Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and is due to be released before the end of the current fiscal year, which puts it out before March 31, 2018.
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