Next week, the latest installment in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon series, Ghost Recon Wildlands, is set to make its official launch. The release of the military-themed first person shooter is definitely much anticipated, considering that 6.8 million users have downloaded the game’s beta version. But there’s one party that’s not all that pumped about the game’s release and it just so happens to be the Bolivian government.
According to Reuters, Bolivia actually filed a formal complaint with the French embassy — the game was produced by France-based company Ubisoft Entertainment SA — because of the way that Bolivia is portrayed in the game as a country controlled by Mexican drug traffickers. To be fair, Bolivia is the world’s third-largest producer of coca leaves, which are used to make cocaine. So yeah, drugs are a pretty major part of the country’s whole deal.
In a press conference Wednesday, Interior Minister Carlos Romero said that if the French government didn’t intervene, that Bolivia reserved the right to take legal action.
Ubisoft’s response? Chill out, it’s a work of fiction, dude.
“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,” Ubisoft said in a statement.
It looks like Bolivia’s picking a losing battle here. But hey, maybe Mr. Romero should try playing the game when it comes out. He may even find that he likes it.