Things have started heating up between the Bolivia and France in regard of the upcoming tactical shooter game, Ghost Recon Wildlands. It seems that the Bolivian government is not happy with the french developer working on a new video game, showing Bolivia as a narco state.
The Bolivian government has formally sent a letter to the French embassy regarding the upcoming action title Ghost Recon Wildlands and filed a complaint against the developers for portraying its image as a country controlled by narco drug cartels.
Carlos Romero, interior minister of Bolivia in his letter threatened to seek legal actions against the country, but has decided to opt for a diplomatic solution and asked the French ambassador for government intervention if a satisfactory response is not given. As reported by Reuters;
“We have the standing to do it (take legal action), but at first we prefer to go the route of diplomatic negotiation,”
The official response from French embassy is due, but the developer studio Ubisoft explained why it selected Bolivia. According to the Ubisoft’s recent comments with the GameSpot, they chose Bolivia completely fictional, based on TV shows or films. They said that most of the Ubisoft games are inspired by reality, but the story, characters and locations are “all fantasies” and created for the purpose of entertainment.
“Bolivia was chosen as the background of this game based on its magnificent landscapes and rich culture. While the game’s premise imagines a different reality than the one that exists in Bolivia today, we do hope that the in-game world comes close to representing the country’s beautiful topography, and that players enjoy exploring the diverse and open landscapes it moved us to create.”
It will be interesting to see how all the situation goes since the Ghost Recon Wildlands is due next week and gamers across the world would be playing the game. The game fictionalizes the drug cartels of the Bolivia who have been controlling the region and four special operators are sent to take on these drug traffickers.
Ghost Recon Wildlands is scheduled for release on March 7th for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Stay tuned for more updates!