Bolivia Files Complaint Against Ghost Recon Wildlands Over Its Portrayal of the Country

March 4, 2017Written by Zarmena Khan

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Earlier this week, the Bolivian government filed a formal complaint with the French embassy against Ubisoft over Ghost Recon Wildlands‘ portrayal of the country. The news was brought to light by Reuters, who reported that Bolivia says it has the right to take legal action but prefers a diplomatic solution.

“We have the standing to do it [take legal action], but at first we prefer to go the route of diplomatic negotiation,” Interior Minister Carlos Romero told Reuters.

Ubisoft has understandably defended its position, pointing out that the game is a mere work of fiction and that it chose Bolivia as a setting because of its “magnificent landscapes and rich culture.” “While the game’s premise imagines a different reality than the one that exists in Bolivia today, we do hope that the in-game world comes close to representing the country’s beautiful topography,” explained the studio.

This isn’t the first time (or the last) that a complaint of such a nature has been filed against a video game developer. Military-themed shooters and war-based games have often come under fire for their portrayal of certain countries.

The French embassy has yet to respond.

[Source: Reuters]