Just what is going on with Far Cry 5? That seems to be the big question as fans on the internet try to determine when and where exactly Ubisoft's next open-world adventure game will take place. The answer? Apparently the high-plains of Montana. USgamer parsed through the available info to try and get a clearer picture about the potential sequel.
Earlier this month, the Great Falls Tribune posted a report of a film shoot in a church in Poplar, Montana. The film crew was apparently filming footage related to a video game project that is a "sequel to an existing global franchise," according to Los Angeles producer Jeff Guillot. USgamer attempted to reach Mr. Guillot for comment, but were turned away.
The Great Falls Tribune report goes into a surprising amount of detail regarding this video game film shoot where a small film crew arrived at the local Presbyterian Church, known as the Chelsea Church, to shoot scenes of "a man fighting with another man near a hanging bell as a train rolled by on the tracks a half-mile away."
The footage is reportedly going to be used for promotional purposes, assumedly live-action trailers as used in previous Far Cry games, such as Far Cry Primal, which contracted the same production company as the Montana shoot.
Although the office of Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes tried to connect USgamer to the Chelsea church, the request for comments were left unanswered. Either way, the location filming led some rumor mongers on NeoGAF to try and suss out what exactly this video game shoot in Montana was about. While the original forum post assumed the Montana shoot was related to Rockstar's upcoming Red Dead Redemption 2, the narrative has shifted over to speculations about Far Cry 5.
The only confirmed rumor appears to be the upcoming game's setting. Both Giant Bomb and Kotaku reporter Jason Schreier--who only confirmed that he heard the next Far Cry's setting is in Montana--spoke of the game's potential setting. The rest of the speculation on the internet regarding whether the game takes place in the 19th century, or will be a "spaghetti western"--a genre term for western films made famous by Italian directors like Sergio Leone--is still up in the air.
According to a recent Giant Bomb podcast, a source revealed the game could take place in modern day Montana where the player plays a cop facing off against a rebel group who have taken over surrounding ranches in the area. The premise echoes the 2016 Occupation of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge which grabbed national headlines. The event centered around an Oregon militia group led by Ammon Bundy as they seized the Refuge and stood off against the FBI and Oregon state police for over a month.
Either way, that episode can't really be called a "spaghetti western", if the rumor is even true to begin with at all.
Thanks to recent genre pieces such as FX's Fargo and Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight, both of which transpose different genres like the noir and western respectively to the midwest, it's hard to even assume what kind of genre the upcoming Far Cry 5 will be, if it even takes place in Montana. Whether it's a western, modern day crime story, or anything in between, all that's really known is that a certain video game sequel has chosen the northern part of Montana as a setting for their next big adventure.