Update: A Ubisoft spokesperson provided IGN with the following statement in response:
“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.”
Animal rights group PETA has hit out at the supposed depiction of whaling in Ubisoft’s recently-announced Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
“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,” reads a statement provided to VentureBeat.
“PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals – not games that promote hurting and killing them.”