Far Cry 3 not quite ready for a gay protagonist just yet

By Marlon Votta - Feb 28, 2014

Some thought provoking comments made by Far Cry 3 writer Lucien Soulban gives us the impression we won’t be seeing a gay protagonist anytime soon in an AAA game mainly because of sales fears. The openly gay writer for Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon was asked about gay protagonists in triple-a games during a recent interview posted by Ubisoft.

He suggests that this may not happen for some time as it could amount in a negative impact on sales. The interview is highlighted on the Ubisoft blog site where Soulban discusses the possibility of a gay or lesbian AAA protagonist that doesn’t seem to be a joke.

The topic of Javier Bardem’s character in the James Bond film Skyfall was raised and how his sexuality is portrayed in the movie as a narcissist with mommy issues, and this included discussions about his performance being used as a benchmark for diversity in entertainment.

Risking the impact of sales seems to be the main issue here and this short interview Soulban feels that when they do decide to introduce a gay protagonist it will be done with serious intent and not played up for jokes. Discussing games like Mass Effect, Soulban feels that introducing gay characters has been done effortlessly in the past, although it seems this aspect is rarely announced for videogames.

In other relative news, we recently spoke about the Far Cry 4 location which could revolve around a Himalayas map. Apparently, a source close to the upcoming game has mentioned the possibility of Far Cry 4 being set near, in or around the location of the Himalayas. It seems the so-called source has been pretty reliable in the past, but we are still inclined to treat this as speculation until we hear something official.

Returning to the original story, would you like to see a gay or lesbian protagonist in the future? Or maybe you feel this doesn’t really have much relevance in gaming?

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Far Cry 3 not quite ready for a gay protagonist just yet

  • WillE

    I would love to play with a lesbian character :-)

  • xXxSkarfaceXxX

    Why do they want a gay protagonist anyways?

  • Benjamin Statham

    Um since WHEN has the inclusion of sexual preference been necessary in any video game? This is just like the INSANITY I read about with people wanting Bert and Ernie to come out as gay. Muppets, puppets designed to entertain children… And twisted individuals wanted them to go on about sexual preference?
    This article is pure garbage writing. Either trying to flame the fires of the Homosexuality controversy or to help spread the LGBT agenda into every facet of our lives by force. WAKE UP! Any FPS forcing something irrelevant onto me by making the main characters go on about their sexual preference is a game I would NEVER buy. Keep it in The Sims FFS.
    Seriously this World is insane. So now when you introduce yourself to someone you have to tell them something that is none of their business, something they could not care less about?
    ”Hi my name is Greg and I like to have sex with Men”. WHO DOES THAT?? NO ONE CARES! STOP SHOVING IT IN OUR FACES!

    • Guest 2

      True that… Even without a gay protagonist I would still find it awkward if straight people were to be sexual in games. Stick to making games and forget about sexuality

      • クリス ガズマン

        Yeah. Probably people wouldn’t mind if a character is gay if he keeps his sexuality to himself.
        But obviously there will be references of his condition for the player to know that the character is gay even though we don’t have to know and don’t care.
        That would be clearly awkward while playing and interfere with the conne tion between player and protagonist.

  • Benjamin Statham

    Um since WHEN has the inclusion of sexual preference been necessary in any video game? This is just like the INSANITY I read about with people wanting Bert and Ernie to come out as gay. Muppets, puppets designed to entertain children… And some twisted moron wanted them to go on about sex? This article is pure garbage writing. Either trying to flame the fires of the Homosexuality controversy or to help spread the LGBT agenda into every facet of our lives by force. WAKE UP! Any FPS forcing something irrelevant onto me by making the main characters go on about their sexual preference is a game I would NEVER buy. Keep it in The Sims FFS.

  • Guy

    Honestly I wouldn’t care. At the end the only thing I’d criticize would be graphics or gameplay and I don’t think that would be a problem for Farcry 3.