Players are getting emails from the Far Cry 6 antagonist if they stop playing the game

Posted on October 28, 2021

Emails have been sent out from Ubisoft on behalf of Far Cry 6’s main antagonist, Antón Castillo, if your gameplay hours are low. According to a Tweet from GamesIndustry editor Brendan Sinclair, he received an email stating that Castillo had taken over and now had free reign of Yara.

The hilarious opening line in the email says “You disappoint me” and “It was amusing watching you fail”. The email then reveals how many hours were played in the game (a measly three!) which Sinclair defended, stating that he didn’t enjoy his time. While Sinclair seemed annoyed, other comments on the now-infamous Tweet indicate that not everyone agreed. User @TalkTapir replied saying “I thought it was a cute addition, the villain telling you’ve they’ve won! Just like quitting in some old games would have the villian asking if you’re giving up.”

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Interestingly enough, not all users received the same email; user @Illegaldesi received an email after they played the game for longer and captured seven checkpoints. This email was less aggressive, stating “You believe you have taken something from me” and “You may have taken two regions from me, but I will take them all back.”

While this seems like a fun little gimmick, it could be part of a more significant problem for game studios and gamer retention in a crowded market. The gaming release calendar is getting increasingly crowded, particularly with the release of Guardians of the Galaxy this week and big names like Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite coming in the next few weeks.

In our review of Far Cry 6, we said “With a gigantic open world filled with delightful distractions, Far Cry 6 is the strongest entry in the series and is a great example of evolving a popular franchise into something special.”

Far Cry 6 is now available on PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S.