Ubisoft recently announced Assassin’s Creed IV : Black Blag to the gaming press and the general public. Set in the 18th Century Caribbean, the game follows the exploits of Edward Kenway, an assassin and a pirate. Along with swashbuckling and sea dwelling merriment, players are also able to experience all the unscrupulous deeds that the pirates engaged in that era, including; highjacking, plundering, murdering and whaling.
This last bit of information has caught the attention of ‘People for Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) in the recent days, to which they made the following 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.” The PETA representative also added that “PETA encourages videogame companies to create games that celebrate animals – not games that promote hurting and killing them.”
As this news was making rounds in the media, the publisher of Assassin’s Creed IV; Ubisoft, took notice of these reports and has responded to PETA’s grievance by releasing the following statement:
“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.”