After Ubisoft received a complaint by PETA over the depiction of whale hunting in the upcoming Assassin’s Creed IV, the publisher has issued a response. The campaign group claimed last week that “PETA encourages video game companies to create games that celebrate animals – not games that promote hurting and killing them” after calling the gameplay element in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag “disgraceful”. Ubisoft now says “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”.
PETA have been accused of using video game series to produce publicity stunts, given that the games in question do not in most cases actually condone harm towards animals. However, whether or not they will be placated by this reply remains to be seen.
After the controversy generated last week over the apparent wish of EA to include microtransactions in all future games, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen seems to have backpedalled on that statement. Speaking at the Wedbush Securities Transformational Technologies Management Access Conference (which will shortly be receiving our patented Cubed Gamers Award for Extreme Dullness) the executive said that “I made a statement in the conference along the lines of, ‘we’ll have microtransactions in our games and the community read that to be ‘all games’, and that’s really not true.”
Instead, it seems all mobile games were what he was really talking about, such as the popular Real Racing 3. Even that game, however, has drawn fire from critics and players for relying too heavily on purchased content, that by its absence makes the game unplayable.