“In the first Far Cry, Jack Carver was a cheater, smuggler, and arms dealer. The plan was for (the Jackal) to just be him, 10 years later or so, after seeing what he witnessed on this island (during the events of Far Cry 1). Perhaps it’s drug induction, perhaps it’s post-traumatic stress disorder, or perhaps it’s genuine. However, the notion is that a decade later, he grew up in smuggling activities and became embroiled in this battle.”
For more than a decade, people have speculated that the Jackal and Jack Carver (particularly, Jack Carver of Far Cry Instincts) are the same person. The theory has two points. The first is that the Jackal and Carver shared a history. Both served in the United States Navy and ran an illegal armaments business. The idea also states that the package Carver receives at the end of Far Cry Instincts will be filled with diamonds, which is a crucial component of the Far Cry 2 scenario.
The second, more obvious component of the theory is that every game texture file associated with Jackal is named “jackcarver.” Files such as ‘jackcarver shoes d.dds’ and ‘jackcarver hair d mip0.dds’ may be found, indicating that the Jackal was referred to as Jack Carver during development.
Despite this, there is no actual evidence to support this theory in the events or setting of Far Cry 2. Hocking’s remarks regarding the Jackal are the first time Ubisoft has clarified the relationship between the two characters, putting an end to the notion.
Far Cry 1 was first released in 2004 for PC, followed by a 2005 Xbox version titled Far Cry Instincts. Far Cry 2 was released for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in 2008.