Creative Director Addresses Far Cry 4 Controversy
Posted by Wayne Davies
Is Far Cry 4 Box Art Racist?
Alex Hutchinson, the Creative Director of Far Cry 4 has addressed some of the concerning interpretations of the game's box art.
The box art shows a lighter-skinned, blonde-haired man, who we assume to be dictator Pagan Min, the game's antagonist. He's sitting on a broken statue, resting his hand on a kneeling darker-skinned man, who is holding a live grenade. We know the grenade is live since we can see the blonde-haired man holding the pin on his finger.
Hutchinson spoke up via Twitter in response to a Gamesindustry.biz article on the controversy.
This isn't the first time the Far Cry franchise has been under scrutiny. Far Cry 3 received a similar reaction back in 2012 and writer Jeffrey Yohalem went on to defend the game's plot. (That game turned out fine, right?)
If anything, we'd say that the art depicts a form of oppression, which we can assume will be relevant in the game's plot and backstory. Far Cry has always been one to push the limits on dark subject matters in order to immerse players in the game's world, but it generally does so without being distasteful or offensive.
What do you guys think? Does the art hint at racism? Lets us know in the comments