Ashraf Ismail Is Stepping Down as the Creative Director of ASSASSIN'S CREED VALHALLA – UPDATE
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Category: Assassin's Creed Valhalla
In a truly unexpected turn of events, Creative Director Ashraf Ismail has decided to step down from Ubisoft Montreal's fast-approaching Assassin's Creed Valhalla to deal with personal issues and support his family.
Ismail is a well-known figure in game development circles, as he also directed Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed: Origins. The French studio has not picked a replacement for the missing director yet.
"I am stepping down from my beloved project to properly deal with the personal issues in my life. The lives of my family and my own are shattered. I am deeply sorry to everyone hurt in this," Ismail announced on Twitter today. "There are hundreds of talented, passionate people striving to build an experience for you that do not deserve to be associated with this. I wish them all the best," he added.
Although reporting on anyone's personal choices is not our job, it's hard to dismiss the fact that his decision was announced only a couple of days after he was accused of cheating on his wife in a social media post.
Assassin's Creed Valhalla has lost its director, but it's safe to say that the upcoming game will make its debut as originally planned — this holiday season — as the cross-gen title has been in the works since late-2017.
UPDATE #1 (14.08.2020) — According to Kotaku, Ubisoft executives have made a final decision about Ismail's future at Ubisoft Montreal — and the studio is officially parting ways with the creative director.
Reportedly, the team behind Valhalla received the following message regarding the situation yesterday: "Following an investigation by an external firm, it was determined that Ashraf’s employment with Ubisoft had to be terminated. We cannot provide any details about this confidential investigation."
There are hundreds of talented, passionate people striving to build an experience for you that do not deserve to be associated with this. I wish them all the best.— Ashraf Ismail (@AshrafAIsmail) June 24, 2020
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Assassin's Creed Valhalla is coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Google Stadia and PC (via Uplay and the EGS) this holiday season.