Any big fan of first-person shooters knows the famous Far Cry series created by Ubisoft; full of murder and betrayal, it’s entertained and tugged on players’ heartstrings for years. What you may not know is that the upcoming Far Cry 6 has been hinted to be a prequel to arguably the best Far Cry game ever to be released, Far Cry 3. If Far Cry 6 ends up being a Far Cry 3 prequel, then fans can expect Far Cry 6 to be one of the best additions to the series yet. Here’s why.
For those of you unfamiliar with Far Cry 3, here is a short rundown of the game. The story revolves around Jason Brody, who is the only one of his friends to escape capture from pirates on the fictional Rook Islands. While escaping, he watches his older brother Grant be brutally murdered by Vaas, leader of the pirates. The rest of the story continues with Jason searching the island to rescue his friends and avenge his brother’s death. This is an extremely basic synopsis of the game and there is so much more that goes into it to make you really care about what happens to Jason and his friends. Without giving too much away, the final battle between Vass and Jason is by far the most dramatic boss battle I have ever played in a game. The amount of anger and hatred that goes into the dialogue between them as they battle it out not only gives the player a deeper look into the characters’ mindsets, it also makes the player angry in real life. After being chased down by Vaas throughout the game, you as a player feel like you need to get revenge for Jason. It is a battle that you will want to play over and over again as it feels so good to finally stomp Vaas’ dumb pirate face in.
Vaas is easily one of the best villains ever in a video game. He is absolutely insane, but that apparent insanity frequently loosens to show glimpses of immense intelligence and humor. He has a quote about insanity that still sticks with me today, one that I find myself quoting to others. When my friends aren’t learning from their mistakes, I tell them, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting things to change.” Vaas isn’t just a run-of-the-mill crazy villain. Part of what makes Vaas so exciting is his mystery; we can tell that he must have a fully-fleshed out backstory, but it is never explained in Far Cry 3. To be honest, it left me with a sour taste in my mouth: I wanted to know more about where Vaas came from and how his relationship with his sister became so bad that they were turned against each other in war. There was so much story left to be told, so much more character development to Vaas, that I’ve stayed up late at night, questioning the origins of it all.
I might not have to question for that much longer. Enter: Far Cry 6, rife with evidence that Vaas’ story may see another chapter. We know from the trailer that Far Cry 6 will be about a fictional city called Yara, where a fascist dictator played by “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul” star Giancarlo Esposito tries to guide his son to follow in his footsteps. Here’s the thing: clues point to the fact that this dictator’s son might be Vaas. In a tweet by Joe Skrebels, he points out that Vass and the dictator’s son both have the same scar on their right eyebrow. Secondly, in a Reddit AMA, the voice actor of Vaas commented, saying “I still get recognized as Vaas, and I still feel the outpouring of love for that character – makes me very happy. Who knows… maybe I will reprise the role very soon? :p” With this comment, I truly believe he was hinting that Vaas was going to be in a Far Cry game again. Finally, the voice actor who plays Vaas, Michael Mando, has shared the screen with Giancarlo numerous times, and it would make sense for them to continue to be in projects together.
With all this mounting evidence coupled with the hole in my heart from a lack of Vaas lore, if I had to put money on it? I would bet that this new addition to the series will finally give us the backstory Vaas deserves.