In response to a statement from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) earlier in the week about whaling in Assassin’s Creed. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Ubisoft tells GamesBeat today that it doesn't condone the practice of whaling just as it doesn't condone the unhealthy lifestyle of the pirates of yesteryear:
"History is our playground in Assassin’s Creed," Ubisoft said in a statement to the publication. "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."
"And even if the game does glorify whaling — as it certainly glorifies the life of a pirate — I don’t think it will lead to a generation of gamers who head to the Caribbean to hunt down humpbacks. Just as I don’t think anyone who played the previous Assassin’s Creed games have found employment as a murderer for hire."
The Ubisoft response is to the following statement made by PETA:
"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."
We're filing this one under "games are not reality and they do not lead to real-world acts of violence" -- including whaling or murder-for-hire.