Ghost Recon: Wildlands hasn't even made it to its release date yet, and the tactical shooter has already upset the country of Bolivia due to the somewhat lurid and unsavory way the area is depicted in the game. As a matter of fact, the South American nation is so unhappy with Ubisoft for the way the country is portrayed in Ghost Recon: Wildlands that the Bolivian government has filed a formal complaint with the French embassy, as France is the publisher and developer's country of origin.
For those unaware, Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a fictional account of a fearsome Mexican drug organization known as the Santa Blanca cartel enters Bolivia to turn it into a "narco-state" and manages to place roots of power in the government and hold sway over the country's population. According to Bolivia's interior Minister Carlos Romero, such a premise unfairly portrays the country, which could give the South American nation grounds to take legal action, with the government official saying, "We have the standing to do it [take legal action], but at first we prefer to go the route of diplomatic negotiation."
Ubisoft, on the other hand, has stressed that Ghost Recon: Wildlands is simply a work of fiction, and it is not intending to be an accurate representation of the current state of Bolivia at all. While this may be the case – and it definitely comes off as the likeliest explanation – the Bolivian government doesn't seem to be taking the publisher and developer's use of its country in the game lightly, which has caused Ubisoft to release an official statement to Reuters, saying:
“Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is a work of fiction, similar to movies or TV shows. 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. 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, and that players enjoy exploring the diverse and open landscapes it moved us to create."
At the moment, the French embassy in La Paz has yet to respond to Bolivia's complaint, but it will be interesting to see what the European country has to say regarding Ghost Recon: Wildland's depiction of the South American nation. With any luck, this situation will be resolved amicably. Plus, for the sake of Ubisoft, it will be settled before the game's launch next weeek.
Ghost Recon: Wildlands is set to release on March 7, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.