\’Far Cry 5\’ preview: Exploring cults and terror in the American West

\’Far Cry 5\’ preview: Exploring cults and terror in the American West

“Far Cry 5” creative director Dan Hay didn’t think the game he and his team were making about a doomsday cult could ever become reality in America when it was first pitched three years ago. But that was before people who marched side-by-side with Nazis and white supremacists were deemed to be “fine people.”

Today, Hay says if he pitched “Far Cry 5” and its plot revolving around a Montana-based religious cult everyone would respond with, “OK, I can see that.” 

“It’s weird,” Hays explained while discussing the creative process Ubisoft (UBI.PA) Montreal followed in creating the upcoming game’s world.

Available March 27, “Far Cry 5” sees you take on the role of a still-green sheriff’s deputy in Hope County, Montana as you try to escape from the cult. And after playing a preview of the title, it’s clear that this is no western adventure for the faint of heart.

Say, “Hello,” to the Seeds

For the past 15 years, the Seed family, led by the charismatic and deranged Joseph Seed, also known as The Father, have been slowly taking over this small section of the country, buying up everything from the land to the police, and becoming its de facto government. The Seeds, which include Joseph’s brothers John and Jacob, and sister Faith, lead their group known as The Project at Eden’s Gate.

The cult believes the world will soon end, and that The Father is the only one who knows how to save them.

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