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CORPORATE
SYNERGY

Thanks to Marvel, shared universes are all the
rage. But while the Far Cry games aren't set in
the same reality as the Assassin's Creed series
or the Watch Dog games, Far Cry 5 does make
some references to its creative cousins. "In the
Willis Huntley mission," Nadiger explains, "there
is a note from a Russian spy named G. Voronina, which is a reference to Galina Voronina
[from the Assassin's Creed comics Uprising and
Assassins]." Similarly, the name of the shipping
company in Far Cry 5 is Expedite, the same
outfit that delivered packages in Watch Dogs 2.

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FANGORIA

While events can get harrowing in Far Cry 5,
it's not a horror game like Resident Evil or Silent
Hill. But this didn't stop the team from injecting some horror-able Easter eggs into random
spots. Not only did they hide red balloons
in some of the sewage pipes, a reference to
the IT remake, Knadle says, "The writing team
also named a brand of tires in the game Oizo,
which is the nickname of Quentin Dupieux, the
writer/director of Rubber, a horror film about a
tire with murderous psychic powers."

THE NAME GAME

Further connecting Far Cry 5 and the Assassin's
Creed games is a system in the former that
randomly combines first and last names to
create random resistance fighters. As Nadiger
explains, "It is technically possible [through this
system] to get Evie Frye, the name of one of
the twins from Assassin's Creed Syndicate." Her
brother Jacob Frye is out of luck, however, since
this, Nadiger notes, could result in a resistance
fighter being named Jacob Seed, who's already
in the game as one of the main bad guys.

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SNOT FUNNY

While, as we said, Far Cry 5 isn't a horror game,
something did happen while they were making it that was rather horrifying. And gross. "Actor Greg Bryk [the voice of Joseph Seed] was
so in-character when giving one of his raving
eulogies," Holmes recalls, "that the snot coming
from his nose wasn't an embellishment-the
animators just captured what really happened."

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WILD KINGDOM

When not getting into firefights with religious
zealots, Far Cry 5 has you facing off against
some of the local wildlife, including wild turkeys. But the team didn't add these foul fowl
because they love the drink. Instead, inspiration came from a funny online video in which
a woman from Quebec talks about how one
of these bad birds invaded her home (search
YouTube for "Wild Turkey Refuses to Leave
Home, Poses for Police Photos").

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CAT HOUSE

Errant Thanksgiving dinners aren't the only
members of the animal kingdom that had an
impact on Far Cry 5. Frobisher Cave, one of the
locations you might find in the game, and the
animal that calls it home, is named for Knadle's
cat. "James called it that because my cat is
always biting me," Knadle explains, "and we
wanted the cougar Frobisher to be a man eater."

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SOFT SERVE

While "deflategate" may be a sore spot among
fans of the New England Patriots, clearly the
people who made Far Cry 5 don't mind taking
a poke at Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. As
Holmes explains it, "Kim Rye makes a Patriots
deflated football joke during the mission 'Air
Raid' after you defeat the Chosen pilot."

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SMOKE 'EM IF YOU
GOT 'EM

While Far Cry 5 may not be part of the same
marvelous universe as Assassin's Creed or
Watch Dogs, and is technically a stand-alone
story that's apart from previous games in this
series, there are some random references
to previous Far Cry games in Far Cry 5. Most
notable is Kyrati Royals, a brand of cigarettes
people also smoked in Far Cry 4.

BREVITY IS THE SOUL
OF WIT

While patience may be a virtue, there are times
in games when you just wish people would
shut up so you can go back to shooting up
the joint. The problem being that if you skip
these bits of dialogue, you won't know what
to do. This, however, isn't an issue in Far Cry 5.
If you hit the button to skip the dialogue when
someone is describing your next mission,
they don't just stop talking, they give you an
abridged version. While this is currently unique
to Far Cry 5, here's hoping it won't be for long.

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