Recently AusGamers was invited out to Ubisoft Montreal to get some serious behind-the-scenes development access to Far Cry 5. We spoke with the game's audio lead which we've already shared
, but we also spoke to a cult expert (who has some incredible stories to tell), about how his consultation on the game is helping shape the game's fictional Project at Eden's Gate cult as very real.
AusGamers: You've studied cults around the world. Why is America such a great fit for Far Cry cult?
Click here for our fascinating interview with cult expert and deprogrammer Rick Ross
Rick: I think the biggest thing that makes the U.S. 'the cult capital of the world' is, number one, the constitution and the first amendment that gives groups special protection. And you could argue that this happened because Europe once said to all of the groups that it didn't want “ok, you guys are certifiable, so bye, you're going to the American colonies”. The US was lumped with all these disparate groups who don't want to get kicked out again, and when the constitution was penned they asked for special consideration for the rights of free expression, tax exemption,etc.
That said, there have been plenty of cults in the UK, like The Jesus Army, which was a big deal for years. I could go down a list. I've worked in Ireland, in Europe with The Solar Temple, and of course Asia and Africa are rife with cult activity, too.
AusGamers: What about where I'm from, Australia?
Rick: Oh yeah! Been there five times to work; I was there in the last 18 months to do an intervention. So you guys have the outback, [which means] isolated compounds. You've also got this one guy who says he's Jesus, reincarnated, A.J. Miller. His wife/girlfriend is Mary Magdalene, if you believe that. But yeah, he's rich, and Mary Magdalene is kinda hot – he's, like, 20 years older than her. I mean, Mary Magdalene could have been reincarnated as an overweight, kind of older woman, but no, no, no, she's a young hot lady.