With all this talk of Nintendo Switch, Zelda and Horizon, you sometimes forget about the global politics at large. For instance, the fact that the Bolivian Government just filed a formal complaint with the French Embassy over the country’s portrayal as a drug-state in Ubisoft’s upcoming Ghost Recon: Wildlands.
In all honesty, with everything releasing right now it wouldn’t be a surprise if you forgot about Wildlands entirely. The Bolivian Government hasn’t however – more specifically, Carlos Romero, Bolivia’s Interior Minister.
According to reports, Romero wrote to the French Ambassador and asked the French Government to intervene. He stated that [his own] Government had grounds to take legal action but prefered “we go the route of diplomatic negotiation.”
The main complaint is that, in Ghost Recon: Wildlands, the country is under control of a massive group of drug-traffickers – effectively turning the nation into an anarchic Narco-state. Reuters, who originally picked up the story, went on to point out that Bolivia was the third-largest producer of coco-leaves – used in the production of cocaine.
Ubisoft replied to the complaint by enforcing that Wildlands is a “work of fiction” and, the reason Bolivia picked as a setting, was due to its “magnificent landscapes and rich culture.” They continued on, saying that, while the game imagines a different reality to the current climate, Ubisoft hope the game world “came close to representing the country’s beautiful topography”.
This all seems straight out of a Tom Clancy novel, huh?
It’s unlikely anything will come of this – countries have complained over their video game representations in the past – and Ghost Recon: Wildlands will continue to launch on March 7 for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.