Ubisoft has issued a response to PETA after the animal rights group criticised the game maker for "glorifying" the hunting of whales in its upcoming sequel Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag.
PETA issued a complaint against Ubisoft on Wednesday, labelling the harpooning of whales in-game as "disgraceful."
An Ubisoft spokesperson responded to the claims with the following statement:
"History is our playground in Assassin's Creed. Assassin's Creed 4: 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."
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was officially unveiled on Monday following several leaks last week.
PETA has previously attacked Pokémon by likening the way Pokémon are treated to the abuse of animals, and made what it subsequently labelled a "tongue-in-cheek" call for attention by attacking Mario for "sending the message that it's OK to wear fur".