Yesterday, everyone’s favorite psychotic animal rights activists, PETA, attacked Assassin’s Creed 4 over the inclusion of the practice of whaling in the latest game of the series in development. PETA sent out this statement to Ubisoft:
“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.”
Obviously, PETA is a little buttmad about this, but for good reasons. Some species of whale are already in danger of extinction. As stated above, PETA doesn’t want the glorification of whaling to be broadcast through the newest AC game.
Ubisoft responded the next day (err, today) with this rather nonchalant response.
“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.”
Wow, Ubisoft. Light-heartedly making your point about the inclusion of whaling and making PETA look worse than already does, all in one fell swoop. Take THAT, PETA.
But seriously, Ubisoft AND PETA have valid points here. PETA doesn’t want anti-animal activities “glorified” through the media, and Ubisoft wants to retain its creative rights. Neither company has a good track record in terms of general opinion, but their little schoolyard spat is something to keep an eye on.