A Far Cry 4 preorder screen that briefly appeared on Uplay revealed that players will take on the role of a Nepalese expatriate caught up in a civil war against an oppressive dictator.
The Far Cry 4 cover revealed last week was rather bland to my eye, but it stirred up no small amount of controversy over what some people saw as blatant racism. At the very least, I don’t think anyone could reasonably say that the bleached-blonde guy in the blistering purple suit isn’t in an obvious position of power over the local kneeling at his feet with a grenade cupped in his hands. But to what end?
Based on a Far Cry 4 preorder screen that popped up on Uplay before being quickly taken offline, that guy is the bad guy, and it’s your job to take him down. “Hidden in the majestic Himalayas lies Kyrat, a country steeped in tradition and violence,” the game description stated. “You are Ajay Ghale. Traveling to Kyrat to fulfill your mother’s dying wish, you find yourself caught up in a civil war to overthrow the oppressive regime of dictator Pagan Min.”
Okay, it’s not the most detailed plot synopsis of all time, but it’s something. It also bears noting, as NowGamer pointed out, that Ajay Ghale could be a reference to Gaje Ghale, a Gurkha who won the Victoria Cross in 1943 for leading a successful charge against an entrenched Japanese position in Myanmar. Ghale served with the Gurkhas from 1936 to 1964 and died in 2000 at the age of 81.
As noted, the Uplay preorder screen is gone, but it can still be seen thanks to a screen capture posted on Noelshack. Far Cry 4 is currently scheduled to come out on November 18 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC.