Ubisoft claim their games aren't political, just 'mature'

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Published by Danny 1 week ago , last updated 1 week ago

You'd be forgiven for thinking that Ubisoft's games may, just may have some kind of politically motivated undercurrent - after all, Watchdogs is all about the rise of technology and hacking high tech corporations that rule the world, Far Cry's latest title, set in Montana, focuses on religious extremism, and The Division 2 has solders gunning down citizens out of uniform, to name but a few examples.

That being said, the company went on record though during their Inside Ubisoft Q&A to refute that the games are politically motivated this past week.

Vice President of Editorial, Tommy Francois, explained that the company's goal was to "give players all the information we can, and let them choose which sides of our game world they want to explore". 

Our goal is to give players all the information we can, and then let them choose which sides of our game worlds they want to explore. We want them to decide what they like, what they don't like, and if and how to change their minds or the way they play based on that information, it's about more freedom for the players

He went on to state that games should offer a full 360-degree view of life, and used an example with the Vietnam War, a game set there should include the perspectives of both the Viet Minh and Viet Cong, as well as the expected American perspective.

He also commented on the fact that there's nothing off-limits when it comes to themes the company will engage with, and that they don't self-censor the creative output of their teams - so while they won't avoid political topics, they aren't trying to force a particular viewpoint, either.

People who just want to have fun, and not be exposed to these points of view, or experience it on a deeper level should be able to do what they want, I want games that give players full autonomy. If someone just wants to have fun, let them have fun.

Personally, I've never seen the themes covered in Ubisoft's games to be a particularly biased or politically motivated, but it's nice to see some clarification from the company on the issue.


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