Far Cry 6 doesn’t shy away from its over-the-top, some dare say discriminatory themes. The game even has its own cockfighting mini-game that sees the player collect roosters throughout Yara and pit them against one another in a ring. This mini-game has its own Tekken-like mechanics, soundtrack and visual themes making it a casual arcade experience. Unfortunately, the PETA group (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wants the mini-game taken out of the game due to its violent themes.
Of course, PETA has no idea that the cockfighting mini-game in Far Cry 6 is the least of their worries. Far Cry 6 features a range of intense animal violence that Ubisoft casually throws at the player. Be it missions where you need to massacre an entire house full of dogs or slaughter dozens of roosters that have suddenly gone rabid.
Not to mention that animals, in general, have always been a centre point of the Far Cry series. The Fangs for Hire and Amigos feature sees the player run through the game with an animal at their side and this poor critter takes on a lot of abuse. PETA hasn’t said anything about that yet as the organization seems to be targeting the cockfighting mini-game. Keep in mind that Yara is a fictional take on Cuba and in Cuba, cockfighting is actually legal and considered a popular cultural pastime.
If anything, Ubisoft’s approach to cockfighting in Far Cry 6 was a lot more casual than it could have been. The arcade, Tekken-like fighting game includes no blood, gore or death. Instead, your roosters use over-the-top heavy and light attacks to ruffle the other rooster up in the ring. You can even pull off super attacks. Something roosters in Cuba would never be able to do.
In a statement, the Latino PETA group takes issue with the way Ubisoft turned the “horrific blood sport” into a Mortal Kombat-style video game. PETA demands that Ubisoft scraps the cockfighting in Far Cry 6 and replaces it 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.
Ubisoft has yet to comment on the ongoing demands.