Not too long ago, PETA complained about Assassin’s Creed 4 that would feature harpooning whales, saying, “Whaling – that is, shooting whales with harpoons and leaving them to struggle for an hour or more before they die or are hacked apart while they are still alive – may seem like something out of the history books, but this bloody industry still goes on today in the face of international condemnation, and it’s disgraceful for any game to glorify it. PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals-not games that promote hurting and killing them.”
Now, Ubisoft has set the record straight about its views on animal cruelty. A spokesperson said, “History is our playground in Assassin’s Creed. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is a work of fiction that depicts the real events during the golden era of pirates. We do not condone illegal whaling, just as we don’t condone a pirate lifestyle of poor hygiene, plundering, hijacking ships, and over-the legal-limit drunken debauchery.”
Speaking of animals in AC games, I thought hunting in AC3 was an unnecessary addition to the game. I mean, it’s not like there’s an upgrading system for weapons and armor that requires players to earn experience points through in-game activities. Then again, we’ll see how well whaling goes for Black Flag.