Far Cry 6 narrative director on Cuba-inspired Yara: “When you’re talking about guerrilla warfare, you go to Cuba”

By Sherif Saed, Wednesday, 15 July 2020 13:59 GMT

Ubisoft talked a little bit about Far Cry 6’s fictional country and why it was inspired by Cuba.

Far Cry 6 takes the series back to an exotic, tropical location. The fictional country of Yara is ruled by dictator Anton Castillo, played by Giancarlo Esposito. If you spotted some Cuba inspirations in the reveal trailer, you’re not alone.

That’s because Cuba was indeed the main inspiration behind the setting and culture of Far Cry 6. “We wanted to tell a story about revolution, and when you tell a story about revolution, you’re talking about guerrilla warfare,” narrative director Navid Khavari explained on the Ubisoft blog.

“When you’re talking about guerrilla warfare, you go to Cuba. We were very, very lucky to be able to fly down to Cuba. I spent about a month down there with the team, circumnavigating the island. We got to meet so many amazing people and experience the music and the culture, and we also met actual former guerrillas.”

This is also why the cars and some of the weapons look very old, because Cuba – and by extension, Yara – is essentially frozen in time thanks to decades of trade embargoes and sanctions.

“And that really was the jumping-off point, because for our island of Yara, not only did we want to tell a story of a modern guerrilla revolution, but also we want to tell a story about an island that is almost frozen in time, like a living postcard from the ‘60s that players can experience and walk through,” he added.

Far Cry 6, which fans think is a prequel to Far Cry 3, releases February 18 on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Stadia.

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