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“Far Cry 5” Leaves The Door Open to Many Questions

If you’re like me, you’re a huge fan of the Far Cry series. If you’re not like me in that respect, then that’s your loss.

When Ubisoft dropped its first trailer for Far Cry 5, my mind immediately went back to when I would spend hours a day playing Far Cry 3 and Far Cry 4. I was pretty young when the first and second games released, but I have played Far Cry 2. Based on what I’ve seen from the all of the trailers and the game’s website, Far Cry 5 has a lot of explaining to do.

In contrast to its predecessors, Far Cry 5 has a lot of ambiguity surrounding this scenario. In the previous main installments, you are tossed in the middle of what is essentially a civil war. Far Cry 3 is a tad different as it’s two factions and not a nation versus a resistance and Far Cry Primal is a spin-off so I won’t be counting that. Far Cry 5 seems to follow this trend, pitting you against a doomsday cult known as Eden’s Gate.

How did that happen?

What makes this different from other installments is that you’re not being thrown into the civil war of a failing government or an isolated island. You are placed in the United States of America, into a militarized Hope County, Montana. 

In a stable country like the United States, how did a doomsday cult take over and militarize an entire county?

It’s mentioned that cult leader Joseph Seed and his siblings have used their professions to take over the county. More specifically, Jacob, a former military officer and John, a lawyer who helped purchase a majority of Hope County.

It goes even further, stating that the militarization of Hope County has prevented citizens from reaching out to the federal government. 

Your character, a sheriff’s deputy, gets embroiled in this conflict after a failed attempt to arrest Seed. With this conflict happening in their own county, couldn’t the Sheriff’s Office just contact the federal government themselves? Even with Eden’s Gate cutting off contact to the outside, the sheriff’s office needed some reason to arrest him.

How does a county sheriff’s department not know that any of this is going on in their own jurisdiction? Especially when something as suspicious as “sinner” is painted on the welcome sign. Hopefully, E3 will provide some more insight and if not, the game itself will.

Far Cry 5 is slated to release on February 27, 2018, here’s the announcement trailer. Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kdaoe4hbMso

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