Far Cry 6 has been criticised for being more of the same by some critics and fans, but one new gameplay element has been added in the form of cockfighting. You collect roosters and pit them against others in Mortal Kombat style matches. While some players have been enjoying this diversion, animal rights organisation PETA hasn't taken too kindly to the matter.
A statement was released from PETA's Latino senior manager Alicia Aguayo, who is calling for the "horrific blood sport" to be moved from the game and replaced with something that "doesn't glorify cruelty".
"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."
At the time of writing, Ubisoft hasn't responded to PETA's statement, but it seems unlikely the mini-game will be removed. It's also worth noting that the Far Cry series has commonly pitted you against animals, sometimes actively encouraging you to hunt to acquire skins and body parts for upgrades.
PETA previously wasn't all too impressed with Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch. As players were encouraged to collect bugs and fish for the museum, PETA rallied together to form an in-game protest against the matter.
We're curious to see how this one plays out.
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