The online world is most certainly an interesting one.
Earlier today, a bizarre petition appeared online, looking to halt Ubisoft and its recently announced title, Far Cry 5 firmly in its tracks.
Submitted via Change.org, the petition asks Ubisoft to cancel its plans for Far Cry 5, before going on to make a series of absurd suggestions for changes to the game, its setting and characters.
“Far Cry 5 is an insult to your fanbase, the Americans who make up the majority of your customers, and it’s time you woke up to that fact. Change this, or cancel it.” reads a portion of the opening statement, which reads more like a parody rather than an actual statement of intent.
Further in, the petition requests Ubisoft make numerous adjustments to Far Cry 5 which would change the entire landscape of the game entirely, including the changing of the game’s villains, the setting from Montana to Canada and even altering Far Cry 5‘s plot.
For example: “Change the villains. It’s not so hard, really. Just change the villains to something more realistic. Islam is on the rise in America, as is the violence of inner city gangs. Are you scared to do so? In the words of Boltair – “To learn who rules you, simply find out who’s not being criticised.”
More worryingly though, wedged in between its opening statement and a list of suggestions, the petition appears to threaten the publisher with violence if it fails to adhere to these changes: “In these times, you must understand that there might be some violent repercussions if you intend to follow through with your pointless criticism.”
Alternatively, the petition could be seen as the work of an “internet troll“, merely looking to poke fun at the media and US Government.
At the time of writing, the petition, real or fake, has garnered only 703 supporters.
Following 4 short teaser trailers and a piece of artwork, Ubisoft finally unveiled Far Cry 5. We learnt that the fifth main series iteration will feature a somewhat controversial storyline that pits players against a fanatical doomsday cult known as Project at Eden’s Gate (not white American Christian’s). Led by Joseph Seed, (the Messiah looking character in the recently released artwork), Eden’s Gate have taken over the fictional setting of Hope County, Montana imposing its doomsday beliefs on the residents whether they like it or not.
Far Cry 5 is scheduled to release early 2018 on PC, Xbox One, PS4 and Project Scorpio, and will see the series depart recent remote locales seen in Far Cry 3 and 4 for the fictional American setting of Hope County.