Far Cry 2's Creative Director, Clint Hocking confirmed the long-speculated rumour that 'The Jackal' is Jack Carver, the first Far Cry's hero. Hocking made the revelation as part of In celebration of IGN's Far Cry villains documentary celebrating Far Cry 6's release on October 8.
Far Cry 2's 'The Jackal' Confirmed As The First Game's Protagonist
Hocking mentions that Carver re-appears as 'The Jackal' in Far Cry 2 and is supposedly 10 years older, though the specifics of what happens in that decade are less clear.
The Jackal is actually supposed to be Jack Carver from the original Far Cry. Jack Carver in the original Far Cry was this shifty, smuggler, gun runner kind of crook. The idea was [the Jackal] is just him, 10 years later or something, after he's seen whatever he saw on this island [during the events of Far Cry]. Maybe it was drug induced, maybe it's post-traumatic stress disorder, or maybe it's real.
Following the events of the first game, Carver has somehow become intertwined in the second game's African conflict:
But the idea is, a decade later, he has levelled up his smuggling game, and he's gotten embroiled in this conflict.
The fan theory has been speculated for years given The Jackal and Jack Carver's similar backgrounds in the US Navy and the fact that The Jackal has texture files beginning with "jackcarver."
While the second game released during the PS3/ Xbox 360 era, Far Cry 6 brings the long-running series to next-generation systems, with slightly less impressive performance on last-gen consoles. Far Cry: Blood Dragon is also getting a remaster and will be included in the game's season pass, though a standalone release might be in development.