Ubisoft removes Assassin’s Creed Valhalla creative lead following misconduct allegations

Ruben Fields
June 27, 2020

Ubisoft's creative director for the upcoming "Assassin's Creed Valhalla" video game stepped down today after allegations that he conducted affairs while lying about being married surfaced on social media.

I am stepping down from my beloved project to properly deal with the personal issues in my life. His past work on the franchise includes serving as director for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, Assassin's Creed Origins, and the ancient Egypt Discovery Tour. From there, the existing mandate regarding workplace behaviour is being audited for flaws and ways to improve the support for anyone harassed or abused by another team-member. They were both in a relationship for a year before the conversation.

He continued, "There are hundreds of talented, passionate people striving to build an experience for you that do not deserve to be associated with this".

"I am a former employee and they swept every claim of sexual harassment under the rug", read one tweet.

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One Twitter user asked Bridges if something had recently happened in her relationship with Ismail to encourage her to make the issue public.

It's unknown at this time whether Ismail will come back to the project at some point or what Ubisoft will be doing to handle these other serious accusations. Games companies Paradox Interactive, Techland and Gato Studio have ended their ties with writer Chris Avellone, after he faced sexual-assault allegations, while gaming-related companies - namely, streaming platform Twitch - have also been hit with claims.

Ubisoft has supplied its own statement to Polygon referring to Ismail's departure.

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