Son in the shadow of his father: details of the main villain Far Cry 6

Narrative game designer and actors about the main conflicts and characters.

On July 12, at the presentation of Ubisoft Forward, they presented the first trailer and screensaver of Far Cry 6, and also announced the release date of the shooter – February 18, 2021. The publication Gameinformer talked with the narrative director of the game, Navid Hawari, and he revealed some details about it. We have chosen the main thing from the material.

The action Far Cry 6 takes place in the fictional tropical country of Yare, located in the Caribbean. In order to collect the necessary references, the developers traveled to Cuba. The spring is ruled by dictator Anton Castillo, whose role was played by actor Giancarlo Esposito (“Breaking Bad”).

50 years before the events of Far Cry 6, a revolution took place in Yar, the victim of which was Anton’s father – he was executed right in front of his son. Dozens of years of economic sanctions have led the country into decline, and the dictator is sure that only the Castillo family is able to restore its former greatness. On the way to his goal, he does not disdain the most severe methods and is ready to firmly suppress any resistance.

The central theme of the game, according to Hawari, will be the relationship between Anton and his thirteen-year-old son Diego, played by Anthony Gonzalez (The Secret of Coco). The player will have to figure out whether the child will follow in the footsteps of his father.

It was important for us to create a character who was born at the height of the revolution and developed a perverted outlook on the world after the death of his father, but he himself would have been a father. I think there is something interesting in being in the same room with the dictator and observing how he justifies his actions, observing from his perspective.

In addition, Anton is not just the person who runs the country. He is also a father who is trying to teach cruel lessons to his son. At the same time, he loves Diego, wants him to grow up in safety, and really believes that he is doing the right thing.

Navid Hawari

narrative designer Far Cry 6

In an interview with Giancarlo Esposito spoke more about his character and his motives. According to him, Anton is driven by his ability to control and manipulate. He asks his son, “What is truth?”; constantly repeats the same question: “True or false?”. For Anton, truth is what leads to victory. “But does he always tell the truth?” Asks Esposito.

Anthony Gonzalez, in turn, spoke a little about Diego. According to him, the life of a teenager revolves around the life of his father, so Gonzalez wanted to learn more about Anton.

Players may feel sorry for Diego, because he has to live in the shadow of his father, Anton Castillo. They may want to help him, they may not like what he went through, what he goes through his whole life.

Anthony Gonzalez


The main character will be Dani Rojas, participating in the uprising against Anton. He grew up in Yar, but Ubisoft does not disclose how he is associated with the Castillo family, but Navid Hawari notes that this aspect is “very important”. As in Far Cry 5, the player will be able to choose the gender of the protagonist, but this time the character will be fully voiced and animated using motion capture technology.

According to Ubisoft, Far Cry 6 will have the largest world in the series, and in addition, for the first time in the franchise, there will be a big city on the map – the capital of Yara, the city of Esperance. According to Hawari, this completely changes the gameplay, as the metropolis implies more “verticality” than fields or jungle. However, the city is also a narrative tool.

The revolution usually begins with the jungle and farmland, so you kind of surround the city, approaching Anton. And when you attack the city, you will feel pressure due to the scale of the buildings.

Navid Hawari

narrative designer Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6 will also return a fifth-party mercenary system. The player will be able to take with him up to two AI-controlled partners, including a former KGB agent and a dog. Hawari admits that his beloved ally is the dog Chorizo: “He kills with his kindness.”

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