Yesterday’s announcement of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has already resulted in a myriad of responses from gamers, with some claiming that the sequel is releasing too shortly after the previous game. One particular group, however, is less than impressed for a much different reason. While the game won’t see release until later this year, PETA wasted no time taking Ubisoft to task for granting players the ability to harpoon whales.
A spokesperson for the company made this statement:
“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.”
Ubisoft has yet to issue a response.
This isn’t the first time PETA has taken issue with video game content. To coincide with the release of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, PETA released a flash game (titled Pokémon Black and Blue) condemning the series and its practice of catching and pitting the pocket monsters against one another. Ironically, Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version were the first titles in the series in which a group of trainers questioned the morality of this practice.
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