Ghost Recon Wildlands Starts An International Incident With Bolivia

Ghost Recon Wildlands Starts An International Incident With Bolivia

The South American country doesn't take kindly to alt-history games.

Ubisoft next open-world title, Ghost Recon Wildlands, is about about a special forces team tasked with dismantling a narco state that's been established in the South American country of Bolivia. Ubisoft Paris spent a good deal of time trying to craft a realistic Bolivia for the title. The problem is they've seemingly done too good a job. According to a report by Reuters, the Bolivian government has filed a formal complaint with its French embassy over the country's portrayal in the game.

It seems Bolivia dislikes the idea of being presented as a country under the control of drug traffickers. Bolivian Interior Minister Carlos Romero told reporters that he has asked the French government to step in. If they don't, the government may take legal action.

"We have the standing to do it (take legal action), but at first we prefer to go the route of diplomatic negotiation," Romero said.

In response, Ubisoft has stressed that the game is a work of fiction and is not meant to accurately reflect the current country.

"While the game's premise imagines a different reality than the one that exists in Bolivia today, we do hope that the in-game world comes close to representing the country's beautiful topography," Ubisoft said.

I guess this is what happens when one does its job too well.

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