PETA has sparked yet another video game-related controversy, this time aiming at the whale hunting featured in the Ubisoft's recently announced Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.
Ubisoft's newly announced Assassin's Creed game has recently come under fire from animal rights group PETA, who targets the game's supposed whaling scenes, labeling them as "disgraceful".
PETA made the following statement to VentureBeat concerning the game's depiction of whaling:
“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.”
PETA has a history of targeting video games, and in the past the animal rights group has focused on titles like Super Meat Boy, Cooking Mama, and even Nintendo's iconic Mario has felt pressure from the group
Black Flag is set in the early 18th century, and during that time–that is the 1700's–whaling was a prevalent and profitable industry. Ubisoft has recently made an official comment on their Google Plus page for Assassin's Creed, which can be found below:
"History is our playground in Assassin’s Creed. Assassin’s Creed IV 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."
The whaling controversy has also been featured in IGN's Up at Noon show, which can be found here.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is scheduled to release on Oct. 29, 2013 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. For more information please visit the game's official website.