With Far Cry 6 confirmed by Ubisoft, fan speculation is growing that the game may be a stealth prequel to Far Cry 3.
Alongside its major franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs, and more, the Far Cry series has long been one of Ubisoft’s best-selling properties with multiple installments over this generation. With the next-generation consoles on the horizon, Ubisoft appears to be pulling back the curtain on the next mainline installment in the franchise with Far Cry 6. While the game will be showcased at the Ubisoft Forward presentation on Sunday, July 12, according to fan speculation online the upcoming sixth main Far Cry installment may be more than meets the eye, and its story could reach back into the series’ past.
Earlier today, a leak from the Hong Kong PlayStation Store gave us new details on Far Cry 6, which is set to make its debut this Sunday at Ubisoft Forward. The leak revealed some key information about the upcoming game, such as its setting in a fictionalized Cuba, its release in February 2021, and its headlining star Giancarlo Esposito, known for his iconic role as Gustavo Fring in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.
— Far Cry (@FarCrygame) July 10, 2020
However, following the game’s unofficial reveal this morning, speculation on social media has grown over the potential story of Far Cry 6 and what it might entail. Specifically, much of this has been focused around the character Diego, who was revealed as the son of Esposito’s Anton Castillo, a dictator that rules over the country of Yara. As revealed in the description of the game on the PlayStation Store, Anton oversees Yara with a firm grip and is seeking to restore the country to its “former glory” alongside his son.
Diego has drawn a lot of attention from fans online for his resemblance to Far Cry 3‘s antagonist Vaas Montenegro, leading some to speculate that Far Cry 6 may actually end up being a prequel to Far Cry 3. As seen in a tweet from IGN‘s Joe Skrebels, Diego and Vaas share a unique scar above their right eye, among other facial features that bear some resemblance, leading to the idea that Diego may actually be a younger Vaas. It’s worth noting, however, that Vaas doesn’t have the scar in-game in Far Cry 3, but was seen on actor Michael Mando in his live-action portrayals of the character.
So. Is Diego in Far Cry 6 meant to be a young Vaas from Far Cry 3? pic.twitter.com/4trOhRtEhy
— Joe Skrebels (@2plus2isjoe) July 10, 2020
Alongside this tweet, Far Cry 3 actor Michael Mando (who also stars as Nacho on Better Call Saul) held a Reddit AMA a few months ago and expressed his desire to play Vaas again, and hinted that he would hope to return to the role at some point. Specifically, Mando said in response to a fan question that “Vaas is my spirit animal – having co-created that character is something that will always be dear to me.” He added that “I still get recognized as Vaas, and I still feel the outpouring of love for that character,” and capped off the comment by stating “maybe I will reprise the role very soon?”
Given that Vaas has been a fan favorite from the Far Cry franchise (and arguably its most iconic villain), it would make sense that perhaps Ubisoft would want to revisit the character. As such, the speculation from fans online suggests that Far Cry 6 could take place before the events of Far Cry 3 and show us Vaas’ origin story leading up to his infamous turn in that game. And given that both Michael Mando and Giancarlo Esposito have starred together in Better Call Saul, it would be a nice connection between the two actors to also appear together in the Far Cry franchise.
However, personally I don’t know if I see a strong connection yet for Far Cry 6 actually being a prequel to the series’ third installment. The main argument against it is that there would have to be some significant story explanation (and/or retconning) for how Diego/Vaas wound up at the Rook Islands (the setting of Far Cry 3), how he got his new name/identity, and when exactly Far Cry 6 takes place (Vaas was seemingly born in 1985, according to the Far Cry wiki). At the moment, we’ll have to chalk it up to rumors for now, but we’ll only have to wait a few more days to learn more about the game by Ubisoft, presumably with a reveal trailer.
Far Cry 6 is reported to be releasing in February 2021, but we’ll get official confirmation on the game this weekend at Ubisoft Forward.