Ubisoft has confirmed a long-standing fan theory about the Jackal – the villainous Far Cry 2. Fans assumed that he was related to the original Far Cry because he looked a lot like the main character Jack Carver.
During a conversation with IGN in the documentary “How Far Cry’s iconic villains were created“Far Cry 2 creative director Clint Hocking said: Jackal was actually supposed to be Jack Carver from the original Far Cry…
According to Hawking, Carver in Far Cry was a cunning con man, smuggler and arms dealer. The idea was that the Jackal is him, only 10 years later. The hero became a villain after the events of the first part.
“Maybe it was drug-related, maybe it’s PTSD, or maybe it’s himself. But the idea is that ten years later, he raised the stakes on smuggling and got caught up in this conflict. “Hawking explained.
For over a decade, Far Cry fans have assumed the Jackal was Carver. The theory is based on two aspects: First, Jackal’s past is similar to Jack’s. Both served in the US Navy and were involved in the illegal arms trade. It has also been speculated that the box given to Carver at the end of Far Cry Instincts is full of diamonds, an important part of Far Cry 2’s story.
Secondly, more convincing evidence is that all Jackal texture files are named ″ jackcarver ″. Files like jackcarver_shoes_d.dds and jackcarver_hair_d_mip0.dds make it clear that at some point in development, Ubisoft referred to the villain as Jack Carver.
Regardless, there is no concrete evidence in the events or world of Far Cry 2 to support this theory. Hawking’s comments on the Jackal are the first time Ubisoft has clarified the connection between the two characters, finally confirming the fan theory.