Ubisoft have had people scratching their heads when insisting that their games like Far Cry 5 and The Division 2 aren’t being political or trying to make statements about America, despite one being a pastiche of a gun-toting midwest America and the other being set in a battle for the US capitol. Now we have Rage 2, where id Software’s Tim Willits insists that they’re not being political, despite featuring what appears to be a caricature of Donald Trump.
This guy is called Klegg Clayton, he’s an megalomaniacal reality TV tycoon, he has bouffant blond hair (though not combed forward), he’s rather overweight, oh, and he’s in the pocket of the returning Authority.
We asked Tim Willits about this a couple weeks ago, and he insisted that the similarities are purely coincidental. Here’s a snippet from our interview:
TSA: So, Klegg’s an interesting one… I’m assuming that he’s running for President or something?
Tim: See? It’s so funny. All of you Europeans… I’ve never got that question from an American journalist.
So no, we are not political! I promise you we are not making a statement. [leans in to the mic] We are not political in the game.
TSA: But you are taking the piss out of him.
Tim: No we’re not! Klegg was actually designed before he became president. […] Our writer in Stockholm came up with him, but no he’s not a Donald Trump reference, I promise.
TSA: OK, well he’s clearly Trump, but maybe not Trump as President? He’s even got the same hair! You can’t deny that.
Tim: [laughs] I’m saying we’re not political. We have a Trump on our board of directors. The president’s brother is on the Zenimax board of directors!
I’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.
Our full interview will be going live a little later this afternoon, but in the meantime, be sure to check out our latest hands on impressions with the game.