In an amazing statement to Gamesbeat, Ubisoft reacted against People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals's comment that Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag was "disgraceful" for including whaling in the historic pirate period piece.
The Assassin's Creed games are known for trying to be as authentic to the time period as possible and the fourth installment is no different. When asked to respond to PETA's statements, Ubisoft retorted with the delightfully snarky statement,
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.
While the new game is sure to be another feather in the cap of the Assassin's Creed team, this statement should be a badge of honor for Ubisoft's PR team. It not only rebuts the original statement completely and clearly, but also goes one step farther with a smirk on its face. History is history and we're glad that Ubisoft is trying to be as accurate as they can with the Assassin's Creed franchise, even if the plot involves aliens somehow.