Montana might seem like a rather strange place for a modern, first-person shooter, but you can’t argue with the picturesque landscapes presented in the trailer below.
We don’t have much to go on from the actual trailer other than the blood curdling scream of a man at the start, a shot of a person running through a field of high grass and the troubling sight of a man ringing a bell with the head of another (unconscious or likely dead) person.
While the teaser trailer is rather short on details, we do have at least some idea of where the story is heading thanks to a leak via reddit. A focus group participant who claims to have seen Ubisoft’s direction for the game over a two-hour period. The post, which went live four days ago, backs up the Montana setting for the game.
“The general thrust of this game is that it will take place in present day, and feature the protagonist taking on a Jim Jones or David Koresh-like religious cult in a small town in Montana that's been populated by, essentially, Doomsday-preppers bent on furthering their cause,” wrote the focus group participant. “So, modern-day weaponry and modern-day vehicles, plus a hilly, mountainous backdrop. Honestly, it sounded at the time like they were using that to their advantage, given that when you think of Far Cry you kind of think of mountains and hills and the kind of backdrop Montana has in spades.”
The post goes on to add that there is a large focus on religion in the game. More specifically, it revolves around the evils of religion, which might explain the head being slammed against the church bell that we mentioned earlier. Interestingly enough, there’s a character that is supposedly based on Tom Cruise’s association with modern-day Scientology.
“There were also some oblique references to this religion sharing some commonalities with Scientology, and I wonder if those will make the cut,” the post continues. “The only thing about the Tom Cruise cypher that didn't seem to make a hell of a lot of sense is that he was supposed to have garnered his fame, at least in partial, from working in pornography.
“If anything's gonna change, I'd hope it's this element, because I'm not sure small-town America's all that ready for porno-Tom-Cruise-turned-religious-nutjob-murderer.”
Well, that is certainly… interesting. Are we ready for a first-person shooter that has deeply religious undertones and some whacked out Tom Cruise clone that may or may not start laughing maniacally as he jumps up and down on a couch? We don’t know, but it definitely makes for an interesting game concept. We’ll learn more when the announcement trailer drops on May 26th.