In your "dude, seriously?" news of the day, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have turned their sights on Ubisoft over some possible content from an yet-to-be-released video game.
PETA is upset that Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag may feature some form of whaling inside the game. They have released a statement calling it "disgraceful" to glorify the practice, which continues today.
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.
The game, set to release on October 29th, will let players "relive the truly explosive events that defined the Golden Age of Pirates" by "captaining and customizing their own ship, searching for lost treasure, hunting rare animals and looting underwater shipwrecks."
Ubisoft's response is pretty good:
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.
Nobody is condoning whaling - but the game hasn't even hit the shelves yet. C'mon, guys.