Far Cry 4 Is "Packed to the Gills" With Women

Women will be featured prominently in Ubisoft's upcoming open-world game, director confirms.

Far Cry 4 concept art

Upcoming open-world action game Far Cry 4 does not feature any playable female characters, but that doesn't mean the title is completely male-focused. The reality is quite the opposite, according to Far Cry 4 director Alex Hutchinson. In an interview with Outside Xbox, Hutchinson said you can expect to encounter a number of significant female characters throughout the game.

He said Ubisoft "tried very hard to make sure of the four main antagonists, half of them are women, which is cool. On your side, one of the main leaders of the rebel faction is a woman, half the rebels that fight with you are women. It's packed to the gills with women. They're everywhere, just like life."

At E3 2014, Hutchinson said Ubisoft was "inches away" from letting gamers play as a female character in Far Cry 4's co-op mode. The reason this was not possible, Hutchinson said at the time, was simply the result of a "workload issue." Ubisoft didn't have a female voice actor lined up and the development team didn't have female animations in place, he said.

Ubisoft has been surrounded by controversy regarding the role of women in its games since E3. Before Hutchinson revealed that Far Cry 4 would not feature female playable characters, another Ubisoft developer said creating playable females in Assassin's Creed Unity would have "doubled" its work (a point which would later be contested). Ubisoft formally addressed the matter during E3, saying that it recognizes the "valid concern" about diversity in video games.

Also during Outside Xbox's interview with Hutchinson, he put an end to the thought that Far Cry 4's main character is actually the son of the insane antagonist, Pagan Min. He is "not your father," Hutchinson said. He did tease, however, that Min is someone who you are familiar with.

"We didn't want a villain who's just shaking his fist at you and threatening to kill you and murder your family, and the inevitability of you shotgunning him in the face," Hutchinson said. "And neither did we want someone who didn't know you at all. We wanted you to actually sort of have a secret history in this country."

Far Cry 4 launches November 18 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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305 comments
xGarrettThiefX
xGarrettThiefX

I look fwd to picking this (no doubt repetitive) game up from the $20 bin

Bubble_Man
Bubble_Man

I find it funny how apologetic some of these developers are getting toward a feminist minority that makes a lot of noise. Hey, look, we have women in this game -- we really do! So please don't call us sexist!

amissah_johnson
amissah_johnson

actually if half the rebels are female, i demand that half the terrorists will be female too. or wait, women CANNOT be bad guys, unless they have a good reason like being raped or tortured by men. men are always the victims in action games and are always demeaned by the female characters, whether they are ennemies or allies. But no one gives a crap about that 'cause we are just supposed to "man up" about that. right??

rogerthat1945
rogerthat1945

The married men who can get their wife/s to crawl under the PC desk are gonna be smilin...

I smilin

Don`t you just love it when they `treat` you while you lay down in the bedroom watching something fun on your phone or tablet.

Haahahahaha

Sorry, single dudes. It can take a long time to find a good un.

But ya gotta learn to wash up and do the laundry.


Ok, so Bill Hicks was better with the material.....my bad...

;-)

starjay009
starjay009

My niece will love this headline. She is a big action, FPS fan. In fact, she beat FC3 before me and forced me to play co-op with her. Loved every moment of it and she can easily kick my ass in COD multiplayer. Guys, you will be surprised how good female gamers are. But coming back to topic here, I think female characters are essential to build the plot of any story driven game. Otherwise, we go back to the same old stereotype of male domination in every aspect of our society. Females are now equally participative in all aspects of our society. From politics to religion, from the armed forces to domestic servitude. So it is indeed a no-brainer to have them play vital roles in video games since many consider video games to be IPs/art forms. I welcome this from Ubisoft. 

Kevlar101
Kevlar101

So apparently, according to the most recent issue of Gameinformer, Pagan Min is actually the father of Ajay Ghales' half-sister. So...I guess he could have been his step-father at one time.  

holystriker68
holystriker68

Anyone else reminded of Mitt Romney's "Binders full of women" when they read the title? Also does no one remember FarCry 2?? There were plenty of powerful female characters in that game! If I'm not mistaken I believe some we're even playable.

memenotu
memenotu

As long as they are naked and screwing me while they try to sacrifice me to their blood god, I am cool with them being everywhere.

crawchmongol
crawchmongol

Yea... because females are the key demographic for action games.

Pupchu
Pupchu

Assuming the fifth entry features a female protagonist, "Far Cry 5 Is "Packed to the Gills" With men."

Pupchu
Pupchu

Will i have to "use" these women to regain health?

brandonmshanks
brandonmshanks

 It launches NOV 18th on the PC, but it will probably be another year or so after that until its actually playable on PC. And that will only be because some fans, and not ubisoft, will have figured out how to patch it correctly. 

klasco
klasco

 Ubisoft... just, thats not- oh nevermind.

jedicommand7
jedicommand7

I think Ubisoft just needs to stop responding to these accusations. It's distracting the potential audience from what I'm sure will be a fun game. Gaming news sites would stop talking about it if Ubisoft would stop talking about it.

jopcrop
jopcrop

Quote of the year - "They're everywhere, just like life"  A-freakin'-mazing

roganth
roganth

Hopefully the framerate doesn't suffer due to the extra jiggle-physics

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Ubisoft taking the lead with real innovation right there.

GlaciusXL
GlaciusXL

Next week's controversy. "Ubisoft USING WOMEN as a selling point"

ubergusterfan
ubergusterfan

Seriously? Again?  I'm getting sick of reading this same story over and over and over.

Dark_Wr4ith
Dark_Wr4ith

So basically Ubisofts statement can be summed up as:
"Our game will have b*tches, tons of b*tches, see we are progressive. Suck it feminists!"

Yes very progressive... >.> 

COBBSHIFTER
COBBSHIFTER

YES! I was so worried about women being in this!? These stories about females in games gets old. 

mattcake
mattcake

Oh boy, lotta unnecessary talking in FC4 then.

Stepn2myworld
Stepn2myworld

What a public relations disaster Ubisoft is. It is too easy for a company to put it foot in its own mouth and then struggle mightily to remove it. 

Guest1001
Guest1001

Breaking news! "Game will feature women" by Eddie Makuch.

Feminists were astounded today when they learned that upcoming open-world action game Far Cry 4 will feature women. "It's never happened in a game before!" said Anita Sarkeesian, "We'll be sure to keep a close eye on it to see how badly the developer treats these women and how often. Then we will make sure to start a backlash against them for featuring women in the first place, chastising them for their 'regressive' treatment of an entire sex."

Sarkeesian then referred to the Wii U as the Dreamcast and thought Luigi was Sonic's sidekick.

Kevlar101
Kevlar101

@holystriker68 Lmao I was immediately reminded of the "Binders full of women" thing too! hahaha  *high five*

starjay009
starjay009

@memenotu Just cause this is set in Nepal/India doesn't mean people there worship some kind of demon god. Stop with the moronic western stereotype bullsh**. 

TriggerManX97
TriggerManX97

@crawchmongol More women play action games than you think, besides what's the downside to having a large amount of female characters?

tunagirll
tunagirll

@jake198624 Yes, the island scenario, falling from heights and running off, regaining health in seconds, shooting hundreds of people without recourse.. those are definitely realistic compared to women existing, let's have more of that please haha (really?)

TriggerManX97
TriggerManX97

@Guest1001 Wow, that has to be the most ignorant comment I've read in the gamespot comment section in a while, and that is saying something.

JAZ117
JAZ117

@Guest1001 I "liked" your post just so I could demonstrably "unlike" it.  All I find worth typing.

noladem504
noladem504

@starjay009 @memenotu Its set in a fictional Napal-like place with a fictional religion. Also his comment was to insight rage from over-sensitive types like yourself....congratulations on being gullible. 

noladem504
noladem504

@TriggerManX97 @crawchmongol I cant say there is a downside to having female characters at all but there definitely is a downside to pandering to a tiny minority every time you make a comment on a major release. I for one am so tired of the whining and then pandering to these groups. The developer should be left alone to do as they please with the game. 

noladem504
noladem504

@TriggerManX97 @Guest1001 not sure what you are crying about...maybe you dont pay attention all that well. That was actually a pretty accurate description of the "feminist" that are assaulting the gaming industry of late. 

tunagirll
tunagirll

@noladem504 @TriggerManX97 @crawchmongol okay I joined to respond because I am sick of hearing this tired excuse.

a) "these groups" - Bud, we are HALF OF THE POPULATION not a group!!! If anything, we are YOUR GROUP - GAMERS!

b) Women make up in 2014 over half of the consumers in the gaming industry. Yes, you can go and confirm the statistics of who is spending the $$$!


c) When women make up a majority demographic, as they are expected to do in the next couple of years, will you feel happy that all the funds for games goes towards titles like GEMKITTYMEOW and SUPERBORiNG or would you rather all those $$$ go towards awesome RPG and FPS games??


Because the more that RPG and FPS games shut women out, the less $$$ those devs HAVE to make MORE and BIGGER games in those genres!


Women make up HALF THE CONSUMERS. Do you want DOUBLE the money for RPGs and FPS? Then you make them FEMALE FRICKING FRIENDLY.

d) It's highly likely that I have actually been a gamer for far longer than you, and played more games than you, and played more hours than you. So really your comment is invalid, as you are probably casual compared to me ;) Please, go forth and make me a sandwich!

oldtobie
oldtobie

@tunagirll @noladem504 @TriggerManX97 @crawchmongol 7 days ago but I still need to say:


a) Half the population of the world, but far lower than that in the video game consumer demographic.


b) This is a lie that you made up because you're stupid.


c) This is a lie that you made up because you're stupid, and your statement that follows is invalid because of this.


d) This statement is pure conjecture and is therefore irrational, and should be ignored.


You lose. You get nothing.

oldtobie
oldtobie

@tunagirll "Women make up in 2014 over half of the consumers in the gaming industry."  

-You


48% isn't over half.  Don't exaggerate; you lose credibility.


But to the actual point.  Your link shows stats that include all genres of games.  Not only action games, which we are discussing.  If it were to only include action games, and not genres with high female followings such as life simulators, social games, and other "girly" games, you would see a much higher gap.


You can't assume that females will take a majority in the future.  You have no reason to make that assumption but to back up your own point with another fallacy.  Which is what you did for every single one of your points.  Good job.



Bubble_Man
Bubble_Man

@oldtobie It wouldn't be surprised if they figured women who exclusively play stuff like Farmville and Candy Crush into the stat. There are lies, there are damn lies and then there are statistics.

tunagirll
tunagirll

@oldtobie Is it such a shock to discover that women are nudging into the majority of the spend for the video game industry?

Over 50% of game spend $$$ is by women. That tipping point passed a couple of months ago, and illustrating the point is another source for you:

www.theesa.com/facts/pdfs/esa_ef_2014.pdf

Please don't talk about credibility when your response to facts is rudeness and abuse. It doesn't make me stupid or a liar because YOU don't know what the story is or because you didn't bother to read my post properly. Which comes to the next point:

I clearly stated that the figures I was referring to were whole-of-industry. I MADE the point you're claiming for yourself - we need those $$$ MORE in the 'hardcore' section of the industry. The proportion of gamers that are women have increased steadily over the past 7-8 years with no sign of slowing that you would expect as it meets equilibrium and the forecasts are that women will be in the majority on an ongoing basis from now on.

The point was that women need to be invited more into the hardcore game section so that those $$$ go towards games you and I love rather than crappy gem games. The more $$$, the bigger, better games we can enjoy, and more of them.

Sadly all you have done is alienate another gamer and prove that on the internet gamers have a lot of trouble having a mature discussion. Gamers like you have no passion for the industry- only for trying to prove other people wrong. In a $13b industry half is spent by women and you don't care about where they spend it. I do!

oldtobie
oldtobie

@tunagirll That link also shows males in the majority playing video games... As for money spent? That includes moms buying Call of Duty for their sons too.  You can't assume that percentages buying something equal those actually using the product.  

Both of your links point to a male majority.  You're asserting the same old tired thing and then posting links to where I can disprove you, pretty silly to me.  


I don't see how you're getting "rudeness and abuse" from me, as all I am doing is refuting your argument.  

"I clearly stated that the figures I was referring to were whole-of-industry."

-You


When?  You're trying to demonstrate the superior role women have in the gaming industry and use that as leverage for making action games geared toward girls.  MY POINT was that girls' roles in the action genre are SIGNIFICANTLY LESS potent, because of bloated statistics created due to female gamers being more interested in different genres.  


Don't pull the "can't have a mature discussion" crap on me, you initially replied to someone argumentatively.  You started the argument.  Maybe not with me, but you did.  As for having passion for the industry, you're claiming you do?  You want to shove an unrealistic amount of girl characters into military shooters, and add in all those Facebook-minigame-eque addons just so action games will get more female players?  That's not pushing for equality, that's suppressing an art form to sway mass behavior.  Games like Farcry will always appeal more to males than females just because of the genre and content they hold.  Trying to change that is just as ridiculous as trying to add a deathmatch mode to Candy Crush.