Theory Connects All The Far Cry Games In The Same Universe

Theory Connects All The Far Cry Games In The Same Universe

What if I told you that hunky Far Cry 1 star Jack Carver and creepy Far Cry 2 villain The Jackal were the same person? To quote Eurogamer's Ian Higton: "The clue is in the name, people!"

Higton published a thoughtful video today that attempts to connect the dots between the different installments in the wide-ranging and thoroughly weird series of shooters that is Far Cry -- omitting only the dinosaur-filled Blood Dragon DLC for Far Cry 3. The video is a lot of fun for fans of the series:

The beginning of the theory is the shakiest part -- which makes sense, seeing that the original game was created by Crytek and the rest of the series has been produced by Ubisoft. Higton suggests that the mysterious box Jack Carver receives at the end of Far Cry: Instincts is actually full of diamonds.

Theory Connects All The Far Cry Games In The Same Universe

...which would explain -- if Carver is indeed the Jackal -- how the man's lust for blood diamonds first got started. It's a bit of a stretch, but I guess it makes sense seeing how tiny metal boxes full of blood diamonds are actually a pretty central motif in the Ubisoft Far Cry games.

Theory Connects All The Far Cry Games In The Same Universe

In Far Cry 4, you have to collect a bunch of said boxes for the character Longinus -- a character who makes repeated reference to the fact that he came to Far Cry 4's Nepalese-esque Kyrat setting from a central African state that sounds awfully familiar to the setting of Far Cry 2.

In Far Cry 3's "Monkey Business" DLC, meanwhile, the character Hurk (who reappears in a much more central role in Far Cry 4) mentions conflict diamonds that come from Bowa-Seko, which just happens to be the southern region of the country in which Far Cry 2 is set. Coincidence?!?! Higton sees this as evidence that The Jackal -- A.K.A. Jack Carver -- didn't actually die at the end of Far Cry 2 after embarking on a suicide mission from which he never appeared to return. Instead, he could have survived and taken his wares -- diamonds, guns, and plenty of 'em -- to Rook Island, the setting of Far Cry 3.

As far as fan theories go, I find Higton's impressive and thoroughly thought-out. My main issue with it is that he rests much of his case on information gathered from Far Cry Instincts and the aforementioned "Monkey Business" DLC. Instincts, in case you don't remember, is a version of the original Far Cry that altered in many substantial ways -- including in its narrative -- to port the game from PC. And the DLC is, well, DLC. Can you really consider something tacked-on post-release to be canon?

Finally, if the Far Cry games really are all connected, what the heck happened to these guys?

Theory Connects All The Far Cry Games In The Same Universe

Hmmm. Maybe we'll find out in Far Cry 5?


Comments

    The Jack Carver = Jackel theory has been going around for years.

    I prefer the theory that the main character you play in Far Cry 2 was the jackal.

      Hmm my memory of the game is fuzzy, but do you only interact with the jackal whilst being affected by malaria? If so, I can see them saying he's just an hallucination mixed with split personality.

        Yes, and the Jackal only interracts with you and isn't seen in the same room as other people. There was an article I read some years ago that goes into more detail.

        I think it even stated it was the real reason why all your 'Buddies' betray you near the end, because they all discover you were the Jackal.

          Awesome! You wouldn't happen to remember the site you read this on by any chance?

            I don't think this is the real site but it's pretty much the same info.
            http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Story-Analysis-Far-Cry-2-13303.html

          I like the theory, but then how do you and the Jackal both blow up the mountain pass and bribe the border guards, each of which kills you?

            Bribing the border guards doesn't kill you, the Jackal states that whoever does so must shoot themselves in the head to end the conflict.

              Thanks mate! Will give that a read through.

      I prefer the theory that the main character you play in Far Cry 2 is a young David Bowie.

    why is it even called a theory at all when its been confirmed many times by ubisoft themselves.

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