Gamers might be excited about the impending launch of open world shooter Ghost Recon: Wildlands, but it turns out that the country of Bolivia is far from thrilled about the way it has been depicted in the new game.
Reuters reports that the Bolivian government has gone so far as to actually file a formal complaint over the video game’s depiction of Bolivia as an ‘area controlled by drug traffickers.’
The story goes that Interior Minister Carlos Romero confirms Bolivia has delivered a letter to the French ambassador, asking that the French government intervene – Bolivia reserved the right to take legal action.
Romero himself said:
We have the standing to do it (take legal action), but at first we prefer to go the route of diplomatic negotiation.
For their part, Ubisoft tells GameSpot that Wildlands is simply a work of fiction, similar to movies or TV shows.
When discussing the title, the publisher has always said the game depicts a ‘near future’ version of Bolivia – though in hindsight, ‘alternate future’ might have been a better choice of words.
Like all Tom Clancy’s games from Ubisoft, the game takes place in a modern universe inspired by reality, but the characters, locations, and stories are all fantasies created solely for entertainment purposes. Bolivia was chosen as the background of this game based on its magnificent landscapes and rich culture.
The game’s story sees players as part of a small team of US forces assembled to take down the drug cartel that has turned Bolivia into a narco-state.
It remains to be seen exactly what kind of legal action Bolivia would take, should it come to that.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.