Assassin’s Creed Valhalla artistic director Ashraf Ismail has stepped down from his function at Ubisoft following allegations of an extramarital affair and sexual misconduct with followers.
“I am stepping down from my beloved project to properly deal with the personal issues in my life,” Ismail announced in a tweet. “The lives of my family and my own are shattered. I am deeply sorry to everyone hurt in this.” His announcement comes days after accusations of affairs with younger fans.
“Ashraf Ismail is stepping down from the project to take a leave of absence,” a Ubisoft consultant confirmed to Polygon in an electronic mail. “The development team is committed to delivering a great game in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.”
This follows a current outpouring of tales primarily from ladies who’re talking out about abuse and misconduct from different distinguished figures within the gaming business. Several different Ubisoft staff have not too long ago been accused of sexual misconduct.
“We are deeply concerned by these accusations,” Ubisoft said to Gamasutra in response to accusations of not too long ago publicized misconduct and assault from different staff. “We take any allegations of abuse or harassment very seriously and we are looking closely into the allegations to determine next steps.”
Ismail was main the event for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the following recreation within the sequence and the primary one to launch on the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X. He beforehand served as recreation director for Assassin’s Creed Origins. As the identify suggests, Valhalla is about within the viking period, which means gamers will have the ability to discover southern Scandinavia and discover Norse mythology. More details about the title will seemingly come throughout Ubisoft’s E3-replacement showcase in July.
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