In Far Cry 6, there’s a minigame featuring cockfighting. The American animal rights organization wants changes in Ubisoft’s new game…
Presumably, it was included in the game (whose sequel might be online-focused, similarly to Assassin’s Creed Infinity) because the French publisher is very keen on adopting the culture of the locations the games are based on. It would explain why cockfighting is included, as it’s legal in Cuba (and popular, too, although gambling related to it has been illegal since the overthrow of Batista and the rise to power of Fidel Castro…).
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has published a statement, which follows: “Turning a horrific blood sport like cockfighting into a Mortal Kombat–style video game match is a far cry from real innovation, as today’s society is strongly opposed to forcing animals to fight to the death. Roosters used in cockfights are fitted with sharp spurs that tear through flesh and bone, causing agonizing and fatal injuries. PETA Latino urges Ubisoft to replace this reprehensible minigame with one that doesn’t glorify cruelty.”
This is where the legitimate question arises: has Ubisoft responded to PETA’s statement? It’s not a big surprise to learn that the French company, headed by Yves Guillemot, has not commented on the minigame. As a side note, Scarface: The World is Yours, which was released in 2006 for PlayStation 2, Xbox and PC, and a year later for Nintendo Wii, also featured a cockfighting minigame, although the focus was on betting. (And it wasn’t obligatory either.) So this isn’t the first time this theme has appeared in a video game, and it’s been fifteen years since the imaginary sequel to Tony Montana’s story was released.
Will Ubisoft react to this statement?