Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Creative director Ashraf Ismail resigned from his position at Ubisoft following allegations of an extramarital affair and sexual misconduct with fans.
“I am giving up on my beloved project to adequately address personal issues in my life,” Ismail announced in a tweet. “The lives of my family and mine are shattered. I am very sorry for all those injured in this. “His announcement comes days after the allegations of affairs with younger fans.
“Ashraf Ismail is withdrawing from the project to take a leave of absence,” a Ubisoft representative confirmed to Polygon in an email. “The development team is committed to delivering a great game in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. ”
This follows a recent stream of stories primarily from women talking about the abuse and misconduct of other prominent figures in the gaming industry. Several other Ubisoft employees have recently been charged with sexual misconduct.
“We are deeply concerned about these allegations,” Ubisoft told Gamasutra in response to the recently publicized allegations of misconduct and assault by other employees. “We take allegations of abuse or harassment very seriously and are carefully studying the allegations to determine next steps.”
Ismail was leading the development of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the next game in the series and the first to launch on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. He previously served as Game Director for Assassin’s Creed Origins. As the name suggests, Valhalla It is set in the Viking era, which means players will be able to explore southern Scandinavia and explore Norse mythology. There will likely be more information on the title during Ubisoft’s E3 replacement display in July.
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