It appears that Ubisoft’s latest Ghost Recon games, inspired by Tom Clancy’s critically-acclaimed novels, might have irked the wrong people. In a recent press conference, Carlos Romero, the Interior Minister of Bolivia, declared that the country had sent an open letter to the French Government in which it complained about how the game makers decided to portray the country. Interior Minister Romero stated that if the situation is not mended through the diplomatic channel, he will be forced to take legal action against Ubisoft.
Ubisoft isn’t not the only gaming company which was sued for its creations. Gaming history shows that some of the greatest games out there such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat, and even Grand Theft Auto have been in the middle of lawsuits.
However, this is perhaps the first time when another country sues a gaming company for the way it chose to portray it in a video game. Perhaps all of you are familiar with Ghost Recon Wildlands, the latest title in the Ghost Recon franchise, developed by Ubisoft.
The upcoming title seems to be the perfect blend of stealth, squad-based tactics, and FPS. But it would seem that the title managed to enrage some people even though there are quite a few weeks left before its launch.
So, in an open letter addressed to the French Embassy in Bolivia, Carlos Romero, the country’s Interior Minister, declared that he is appalled by the way Ubisoft chose to portray Bolivia. Romero asked the French Government to take the appropriate measure, or else he will be forced to take legal action against the game’s creator.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Ghost Recon Wildlands’ setting, the game takes place in an alternate version of modern Bolivia. According to the game’s plot, the whole country is currently run by a dangerous drug cartel, which makes the law, and punishes all those who stand in its way.
Perhaps one is able to see why Romero believes that Ubisoft’s portrayal might be detrimental to Bolivia’s image.
As for the company’s position on Romero’s request, a Ubisoft spokesperson declared that the game is a work of fiction and should be treated as such. Although some of the plot elements might be similar to real event or characters, the company said that this similarity is purely coincidental and that their way to portray Bolivia is in no way related to reality.
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