Just as Ubisoft put out a series of short video teasers for a big Far Cry 5 announcement this Friday, an anonymous user on Reddit leaked what they say are specific details about the game from a focus group testing they were a part of last year.
Using the name "FarCry5-throwaway" a Reddit user decided to leak what they said were a whole bunch of details regarding the next Far Cry 5 game including specific plots and characters. All of this information is unverified, but parts of their leaks corroborate previous rumors and even some elements of the teasers that were released today.
"Last year, I participated in a focus group in a major metropolitan area, the topic of which was about video games -- I do a lot of these types of groups, but this was the first time doing one on technology," wrote the Reddit user. "Generally, we don't know who the client is that's asking for the group until we get there. Turns out... this was Ubisoft."
FarCry5-throwaway cautions that their information should be taken with a grain of salt, not necessarily for being inaccurate, but because it's been a year since they was asked to participate in the focus group and that some aspects of the game could have changed in development. Here's what they said they saw during the market test:
- "The idea of doing it in Montana was the predominant idea -- like many of you, we were kind of led to believe at first that it would be a Wild West motif, just to see what we thought of that idea -- but that changed when they started to show us character profiles and other collateral. The general thrust of this game is that it will take place in present day, and feature the protagonist taking on a Jim Jones or David Koresh-like religious cult in a small town in Montana that's been populated by, essentially, Doomsday-preppers bent on furthering their cause. So, modern-day weaponry and modern-day vehicles, plus a hilly, mountainous backdrop."
- "They showed us some basic promotional videos featuring a heavily -- HEAVILY -- religious angle to the evil [sic]. A person (presumably the protagonist) walking through a town that was completely empty, only to walk into a church to discover the congregation is made up of everyone in town staring in rapt attention at a shirtless lunatic leader brandishing an assault rifle in one hand and a Bible in the other."
- "We saw candids and profiles of many of the characters in the game -- left out of those were any kind of details about the primary protagonist, and there wasn't much on the antagonist-preacher either. Instead, we got views of what I'd presume are some of the support characters. A female mechanic (who I strongly suspect is a love interest, or someone giving you missions) who helps you. An old burnt-out hippie character. Various and sundry small-town folks. And the second-in-command bad guy, who was basically being portrayed as Tom Cruise -- an A-list celebrity who became a ranking member of the high council. There were also some oblique references to this religion sharing some commonalities with Scientology, and I wonder if those will make the cut."
- "The overall feeling I got from the animatic videos we saw is that they're really playing up a sense of dread. This is a small town and is filled with small-town sensibilities, the kind of place where God's word is law, and the sense you get is that the antagonist-preacher found a perfect place for his quasi-religion to take root."
Basically, FarCry5-throwaway asserts that the game will take place in modern day Montana where a group of religious zealots have taken over a town in the midwest. This lines-up closely with an earlier tip-off that Far Cry 5 will take place in modern times and will star a lawman facing off against a group of armed rebels, though in this case, religious fanatics.
Additonally, one of the teaser videos released earlier today also features a church, which stands out for being one of the few videos not focused on nature. While none of the teasers really talk about plot, the church teaser stands out in particular for including a choral hymn playing in the background. FarCry5-throaway's detail about the game focusing more on atmosphere also matches the general tone of the teasers released today.
While I personally find some of the story details regarding potential villains to be particularly interesting (the Tom Cruise villain), it's hard to know how many of these details will exist in the game at its current form. Even the poster sounds a little incredulous that Far Cry 5 is focusing on religious zealotry in America's heartland. However, if what the poster says is true, Far Cry 5 will be joining a list of recent media that play up religious zealotry in America including games like Outlast II, and shows like HBO's True Detective and Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.
A full reveal for Far Cry 5 is expected this Friday, May 26. For all the latest on the game, check out our Far Cry 5 - Everything we Know article.