Far Cry 4, being released November 11th, follows the story of Ajay Ghale, a Napali native who has returned to Kyrat solely to scatter his mother’s ashes in her home country. Predictably, Ajay gets caught up in the Kyrat civil war fighting for the side trying to break free from Pagan Min’s tyrannical rule. Shown in the below trailer, Pagan Min is confusing mix of psychopath and charmer.
The trailer was a chilling introduction to our supposed enemy, setting him to be an interesting opponent. After the success of Far Cry 3 villain Vaas, Ubisoft have stuck with the eccentric villain theme but Pagan Min seems to be a completely different kind of villain. From what little Ubisoft have revealed about Pagan, we know several things. Pagan seems to know the Ajay, and instantly recognises him at a glance, even explaining how he has cleared his schedule to spend time with him. He is even supposedly throwing a party for him. Not something you’d typically expect from a video game antagonist!
The contrast between Pagan murdering his lieutenant, being covered in blood, and then hugging your character followed by a selfie is a hard thing to process. Clearly, Pagan is going to be unpredictable, willing to sacrifice innocents and even his own men in order to get what he wants. With his cool and calm appearance, Pagan sets himself up to be a charming gentleman of sorts, but can quickly devolve into a ruthless killer. A dangerous mix indeed.
A little backstory from Ubisoft reveals that Pagan Min once fought in his own civil war, fighting for royalists in allegiance to Kyrat royalty. Following multiple betrayals, Pagan himself sits upon the throne as a self-appointed ‘King of Kyrat’. The way he moves around his country, as shown in the trailer, with very few men as guards enforces the idea that Pagan is a powerful and dangerous man that could as easily shake your hand or cut it off.
In an interview with Redbull, Far Cry 4 Creative Director Alex Hutchinson said this –
We really didn’t want another villain who would threaten the player and who you knew, in the end, that you would have to defeat–there’s no emotion in that.
I could not think of a better way for an antagonist to be. There will no doubt be a complex story of whether or not Pagan is a true villain, maybe even be an ‘ally’ at certain moments.
One thing is for sure though, watch your back around Pagan Min. He might be about to stick a knife in it.