In a word: Ubisoft’s Far Cry series is no stranger to violence, with the latest installment in the franchise having earned an “M for Mature” rating from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB). But it was the in-game rooster fighting minigame that caught the attention of the Latino People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) group. The animal rights organization released a statement condemning the mini-game and demanding that the developer replace it with a less violent alternative. Something tells me they’ve never played Far Cry before.
You can hunt enemies with your paraplegic dog. You can fight a cougar, a crocodile, or any other animal. But struggle with a rooster in Far cry 6? According to PETA, it’s a line you can’t cross.
Released earlier this month, the sixth main installment in the Far Cry series continues to provide players with the ability to interact with a variety of animals ranging from pet crocodiles to attack dogs. Games ESRB rating reflects the language and violent content included in the Far Cry 6 story. But there is one specific minigame in the recently released Ubisoft title that drew a arrogant response from a well-known animal rights organization. You guessed it … cockfighting.
Throughout the game, players can collect roosters and participate in rooster fights at bases across the fictional land of Yara. Once started, players take control of the rooster of their choice and engage in a Tekken-style battle with rounds and special moves to overpower your opponent. Unlike real rooster fights, however, roosters in the Far Cry 6 minigame do not spill blood and are not killed at the end of a match. In the game, players are free to maim and kill a number of other wild animals, but this didn’t seem like a problem for PETA.
The setting for the game, the island nation of Yara, is based on Cuban culture. Cockfighting is legal and still considered a popular pastime in Cuba, with fights being staged in many public and underground places across the country. As a result, Ubisoft developers felt it was a detail worth including in Yara’s Cuban-inspired environment.
The minigame met with a mixed response; while some accept it as a fun in-game side quest, others have criticized Ubisoft for being out of touch with current animal rights issues.
As of this writing, Ubisoft has made no mention of its intention to remove the minigame from the Far Cry 6 gaming environment. Based on gameplay and images released since the game’s release, it Chances are, cockfighting is one of the many issues on PETA’s list of problems.
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