When Ubisoft took the wraps off of Far Cry 4 last week, it probably didn’t bank on gamer backlash quite so early on. However, fans objected strongly to the apparent racism in the box art, prompting the developers to start explaining a bit more about what’s going on.
Creative director Alex Hutchinson quickly hopped onto Twitter to explain:
Just so it’s clear for those jumping to conclusions: He’s not white and that’s not the player.
The question begs: Who is that pink-suited man? Some would assume that if he’s not the game’s player, then he’s very probably the game’s bad guy – and we’ve got a little more information about him now, too.
Someone at Ubisoft also got a little trigger-happy when it came to updating the Uplay website. The slip’s since been fixed, but the Google cache version still features a short plot synopsis that’s ripe with details since removed.
Hidden in the majestic Himalayas lies Kyrat, a country steeped in tradition and violence. You are Ajay Ghale. Traveling to Kyrat to fulfill your mother’s dying wish, you find yourself caught up in a civil war to overthrow the oppressive regime of dictator Pagan Min.
So: Pagan Min. Is he the sort of fellow to wear pink suits, sit on defaced statues and make men hold grenades after he’s pulled the pin? We’ll have to wait to find out – Far Cry 4 isn’t due out until November.