A creative director at the Ubisoft Montreal branch has announced plans to leave the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla project behind. Ashraf Ismail, who previously worked at Black Flag and Origins, is leaving amid allegations of infidelity.
I am giving up my beloved project to adequately deal with the personal problems of my life. The lives of my family and mine are shattered. I’m so sorry for all the wounded in this.
– Ashraf Ismail (@AshrafAIsmail) June 24, 2020
“I am giving up on my beloved project to adequately address the personal problems of my life,” Ismail wrote on Twitter. “The life of my family and mine is destroyed. I deeply regret that everyone has suffered this.”
In a follow-up tweet, Ismail said he did not want to downplay the work that others in the project are doing. “There are hundreds of talented and passionate people striving to build an experience for you who don’t deserve to be associated with this,” Ismail said. “I wish you the best.”[[[[To update: It seems that Ismail has now deleted his Twitter account.]
Ubisoft, in a statement to GameSpot, said Ismail is taking a leave of absence. “Ashraf Ismail is pulling out of the project to take a leave of absence,” said a Ubisoft spokesman. “The development team is committed to delivering a great game at Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.”
Over the weekend, along with accusations against other industry frontmen such as former Dying Light 2 writer Chris Avellone, Ismail was accused of courting women while he was married. According to a Twitter thread, Ismail cheated on his wife and lied about his relationship with the women he engaged to.
In addition to Ismail, another Ubisoft employee, product and brand marketing manager, Andrien Gbinigie, has also been charged with sexual assault.
Regarding the allegations against multiple employees, Ubisoft told GameSpot: “We are deeply concerned about these allegations. We take any allegation of abuse or harassment very seriously and are carefully analyzing the allegations to determine next steps.”
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is still on the way to falling this holiday season for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. With PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X also coming this holiday, Ubisoft confirmed that Valhalla is targeting both next-gen consoles. You can check out our Assassin’s Creed Valhalla booking guide for more information.
This story has been updated with a statement from Ubisoft.
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