Portals Kotaku and Bloomberg, citing an internal Ubisoft mailing list, reported that the French publisher has officially fired former Assassin’s Creed Valhalla director Ashraf Ismail.
Recall that at the end of June, Ismail resigned from the post of head of the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla team and the creative head of the series in connection with the disclosure of revealing details of the developer about his personal life.
Then Ubisoft said that Ismail went to “Vacation”, but in fact, they also launched an internal investigation, as a result of which the decision was made to fire the game designer.
“As a result of investigations, Ashraf Ismail was fired from Ubisoft and is no longer an employee [компании]”– confirmed an unnamed spokesman for the French publication at the request of Bloomberg.
In addition to Ismail, Chief Creative Officer Serge Hascoet and Vice President Tommy Francois have previously left Ubisoft due to allegations of inappropriate behavior.
For the past 11 years, Ismail has been working for the benefit of Ubisoft’s Montreal studio. In addition to Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the game designer has also been credited with directing Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Origins.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – now without Ismail on the team – is gearing up for release on November 17th on PC (Uplay, Epic Games Store), PS4, Xbox One and Google Stadia. The game will appear on PS5 and Xbox Series X before the end of this year.
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