Ghost Recon: Wildlands tells a fictitious story, but one that takes place in an existing nation. Ubisoft's open world shooter sees US Special Forces operatives known as Ghosts take the fight to Bolivia, where they're tasked with taking down gangsters and the country's corrupt government. Sounds like reasonably standard stuff for a Tom Clancy game doesn't it?
Unfortunately, the actual Bolivian government doesn't quite see it that way, and has apparently filed a formal complaint regarding the release with the French embassy. Said complaint asks the French government to intervene, stating that the game portrays Bolivia in a negative way - which, to be fair, it kind of does. But is it really a wise idea to start pulling works of fiction apart for depicting a real world location? It's a tricky subject.
Ubisoft had this to say on the matter: "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." It's not wrong, either; that snowy, mountainous area of the recent open beta was incredibly pretty.
What are your thoughts on all this? Is the Bolivian government overreacting, or do you think games like Wildlands should be a little more careful? Put Bolivia on the map in the comments section below.