“This bloody industry still goes on today in the face of international condemnation, and it’s disgraceful for any game to glorify it,” says animal rights group.
The trailers for Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag included Whaling which was considered a “disgrace” by PETA and called for video game developers to stop creating games that “promote hurting and killing” animals.
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.
PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals – not games that promote hurting and killing them.
Assassin’s Creed 4 Trailer
Though Ubisoft has yet to detail exactly how whaling plays a part in Assassin’s Creed 4, the mechanic was referenced during the game’s reveal event and in the first set of screens.
Animal hunting is nothing new to video games, of course. We have seen hunting in previous Assassin’s Creed, Red Dead Redemption and Tomb Raider.