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Far Cry 6 and the problem of continuity



Far Cry 6 is coming. It should hopefully do the series justice after the somewhat tepid reception of Far Cry: New Dawn. The new villain, environments, vehicles (tanks! horses!) and fangs for hire should help reinvigorate the franchise once more. Whether it will be a radical overhaul remains to be seen. The last few games have retained the same gameplay but with a different lick of paint. You know the drill: capture enemy bases, save allies, stop enemy supplies, choose a side and experience the same old trippy sequence. Hopefully the developers have decided to push the boat out a little but that's a discussion for another day as I've said before. 

Vaas Theory Debunked

One interesting theory making the rounds was the dictator' s son in Far Cry 6, Diego Castillo, is a younger Vaas from Far Cry 3. The same eyebrow got a lot of people's hopes up, but, alas, this turned out not to be true. 

The problem is Far Cry 3 is set in 2012, with Far Cry 6 set in 2020. Unless Vaas is a time travelling antagonist, there is no way Diego can be Vaas. 

That's not to say Vaas couldn't be part of Far Cry 6. What if he was related to Anton Castillo, Yara's dictator? He could be part of the 'family', with his perspective seen in a DLC. Far Cry 5 had three lots of DLC, so there is plenty of scope for him to return in some way, even if it's not part of the main game. 

Far Cry 6 and the issue of continuity 

A bigger issue is how Far Cry 6 sits within the wider Far Cry universe. Far Cry 5's nuclear war ending is officially canon, leading to New Dawn. Where does the new game sit within this, given it's taking place in 2020?

According to the New Dawn Fandom site, Far Cry 5 is set in 2018, with New Dawn taking place 17 years later. If 6 is set two years later, why isn't it taking place in a ravaged post apocalyptic world?

I'm surprised the developers didn't decide to follow on from this and have the player take the role of a settler looking for new lands. They find Yara and get captured by its dictatorship, only to be saved by the resistance. 

There could be several explanations:
  • Nuclear attacks only occurred in the US. 
  • Yara was neutral in the war.
  • Far Cry 6 is set in a different universe. 
  • The game is just a dream.
  • Simulation being played by inhabitants of a distant civilization.
  • Hallucination.
  • Yara was not deemed an important target in the war. 
  • Yara was the attacker/part of the enemy attackers. 
There are many ways to solve this issue and it will be interesting to see how it fits in the timeline. I hope the game isn't a dream or a hallucination, that would be rubbish. The simulation idea could be good if it leads to a futuristic Far Cry (including a sequel to Blood Dragon). 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.






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