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'Far Cry 4' racism controversy, main character and more discussed

Box art of 'Far Cry 4'
Photo courtesy of Ubisoft, used with permission

The reveal of "Far Cry 4" was plagued by a racism controversy due to the box art for the multiplatform video game. The image depicts what many fans to be a flashy white man sitting on top of a destroyed statue while putting his right hand on a darker-skinned character who is holding a grenade. According to a report from State Press on May 28, Alex Hutchinson has clarified some of the misconceptions.

The creative director revealed that the lighter-skinned individual is not white and is not the main playable character in the story. He did not provide any other details about the video game. This isn't the first time did the series have been plagued by racism claims, however, as the same accusations were made in "Far Cry 3." In the third game, players control a white man who ended up in a mystical island inhabited by mysterious third-world natives.

"Far Cry 4" is set in the Himalayas, which is different from the normal tropical settings of the previous installments. Players should have variety of vehicles, weapons and even animals at their disposal. A previous leak suggest that elephants can be used as a mode of transportation to navigate the open-world mountainous regions.

"Far Cry 3" came out near the end of 2012 for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. "Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon," the standalone expansion, was released during the spring season of 2013. Even with the aforesaid controversy, both the video game and its DLC pack were received very well from media critics and the gaming community.

"Far Cry 4" is being mainly developed at Ubisoft Montreal with additional support from Red Storm Entertainment, Ubisoft Kiev, Ubisoft Shanghai and Ubisoft Toronto. The upcoming video game is being developed for the PS4 and Xbox One next-generation platforms, a first for the series. It is also coming to the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. You can find aforementioned controversial box art from the Ubisoft Twitter page with the photo attached near the top of this article.

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