Far Cry 5: Petition to cancel game really a troll or Ubisoft publicity stunt to boost sale?
Less than a week of its presentation in the market and remaining about 9 months for its release, a group of Internet activists, calling themselves Gamers United, turned to Change.org – the quintessential site for digital idlers – to create a petition addressed directly at Ubisoft to cancel Far Cry 5, a game whose main theme is to place enemies to the most conservative part of the United States: the religious fanatics.
The demand of this group is that Ubisoft should cancel the title, or make some of the changes suggested by this group, such as changing villains to “something more realistic”, such as Islamic groups or gangs in the city.
They also ask to alter the race of the group led by Joseph Seed, who are all white and clear-eyed, to add “a couple of black or Mexican characters” and thus not hurt the sensitivity of just one group.
Even in the most absurd petition of all, they advise to change the location of the title so that it can be sold in the United States. “I get that anti-Americanism plays in France, and I’m not telling you to give up on potential profits due to complaints. Wouldn’t want to be thought as one of those hypocrite feminists, right? But for America, right now, Anti-Americanism is out. You gotta play your market,” said the letter, and then suggests that an exclusive version be made for the United States where the game takes place in Canada.
By the tone in which this petition is written, it is not ruled out that it is a troll done by some internet group or even a stunt created by Ubisoft itself to boost the sales of Far Cry 5, considering that we are weeks away from E3 2017 and there is no better publicity than having a group of American nationalists with posters protesting for a game. Although as things are in the land of Uncle Sam, making a real petition can not be ruled out either.
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