Update: A Ubisoft spokesperson provided IGN with the following statement in 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.”
Animal rights group PETA has hit out at the supposed depiction of whaling in Ubisoft’s recently-announced Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.