In today’s edition of We Couldn’t Make This Stuff Up, Omg, the Bolivian government has filed a formal complaint with its own French embassy in La Paz about the depiction of the country “as an area controlled by drug traffickers” in Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. The depiction of the country in a video game that isn’t real, but let’s be honest, isn’t exactly made up either. Bolivia is asking that France “intervene”, whatever that means, or they’re totally going to sue.
“We have the standing to do it,” Bolivian interior minister Carlos Romero told Reuters on Wednesday. “But at first we prefer to go the route of diplomatic negotiation.”
With the game’s launch next week, I don’t know what Bolivia expects France to do about it, and the embassy apparently hasn’t responded to queries from the press. In the meantime, Ubisoft has issued a statement reminding people that the game is “a work of fiction” and that even though it “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”.
The same beautiful topography that helps maintain Bolivia’s position as the world’s third largest producer of coca leaves, but apparently we’re supposed to pretend it’s only used to make tea and biscuits, and not cocaine. Definitely not cocaine. Not in Bolivia. Nuh-uh.