Animal rights organisation PETA has criticised Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for what it calls a “disgraceful” attempt to “glorify” whaling.
In a statement issued to VentureBeat, PETA says: “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.”
Black Flag will also reportedly be composed of 40% naval missions, according to a quote from creative director Jean Guesdon on a document dug up by PC Gamer. Some of the side quests during these missions will apparently involve the hunting of whales — or not, if PETA is able to have any affect on the game (which seems unlikely).
A similar quote from Guesdon uncovered by AGB indicates that the game’s single-player experience will be a “connected” one, referring to it as “Single Connected Player” mode and saying that “Next Gen Consoles will allow players to have a solo experience that benefit the presence of a huge community”. It’s not clear whether this will demand an always-online connection, but it’s doubtful as Ubisoft have since sworn-off the practice.