Ubisoft's Ghost Recon: Wildlands depicts its setting in Bolivia as a violent narco-state, prompting the actual nation of Bolivia to respond with a formal complaint.
Reuters reports that the Bolivian government filed the complaint to the French embassy. The country has asked the French government to intervene, hinting that it may follow up with legal action. The French embassy has not responded to the complaint.
"We have the standing to do it (take legal action), but at first we prefer to go the route of diplomatic negotiation," said Interior Minister Carlos Romero.
In its own statement, Ubisoft stressed that Ghost Recon: Wildlands is a work of fiction, and said that it chose Bolivia as a setting for its landscape and culture.
In real life, Bolivia is the third-largest producer of coca leaves, which are used to manufacture cocaine. This plays into the premise of the game, in which a powerful drug cartel committed such targeted violence at government officials that Bolivia's own law enforcement and military were overwhelmed and forced into a de facto truce. As the player, you and your squad are dispatched as a small strike team to destabilize the pillars of their drug operation and collapse the power structure.
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Poor Bolivia, their only crime was being Bolivia.