Even though I haven’t played Assassin’s Creed III, the AC franchise currently is my favorite gaming franchise, mostly because of the rich and detailed environments in which these games take place.
However, the most recent AC game up to date (Assassin’s Creed III) created a very heated discussion amongst gamers, as you can read on the following article: Kotatu’s: How Assassin’s Creed III disappointed me? Let me count the ways and on many forums throughout the web.
And on March 4th Ubisoft revealed the world trailer for the next annual AC release: Assassin’s Creed IV – Black Flag. The protagonist of this title will be Edward Kenway whom is an assassin, a fearsome caribbean pirate, Connor’s grandfather – Connor as in the main character of AC III – and a dude who seems more than able to juggle a lot of jobs.
Yay, a protagonist with my name! 😀
After the trailer’s been released and the embargo around it was lifted, there was some controversy regarding one of the “activities” you can do on the game which is whailing. As amazing as it might seems, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) gave the statement below through a spokesperson:
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.
To which Ubisoft replied with the following 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.
My thoughts on the matter:
I am all in for defense to animal’s right, but to reprehend this activity being done on a video game that takes place on the 18th century sounds as ludicrous as stating that violence on video-games actually increases violence IRL. As to “glorify” whailing, what I have seen so far of the game, AC IV does not do it in any way. It sounds merely as a sidequest you can do in order to gain money.
watch the Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag trailer below and share your opinions through the comments.
I couldn’t help myself but think of this the whole time I was watching it: Assassin’s Creed: One Piece Edition
(which is not by all means a bad thing).
PS: the images on this post were found on Softpedia’s article about AC IV: Black Flag.
PS 3: Check this awesome Kotaku’s post. If you are a huge AC fan (such as myself) you will be very pleased with it.