Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Creative Director Fired Over Allegations
In June, the entire game industry watched as Ubisoft imploded. The Paris-based company was hit dozens of allegations against staff at each level and has since seen several key figures leave the company.
Ashraf Ismail, the Creative Director on Assassin’s Creed Origins and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, was part of the group accused of misconduct. In June, he stepped down from his role after being accused of engaging in extramarital relationships by using his reach and influence.
Today, Ubisoft revealed that after an external investigation, an announcement was made internally at Ubisoft Montreal. “Following an investigation by an external firm, it was determined that Ashraf’s employment with Ubisoft had to be terminated,” said in the email obtained by Kotaku. “We cannot provide any details about this confidential investigation.”
“This person is married. When he starts a relationship with you, know he’s married,” a woman by the name of Dani, wrote on Twitter on Friday. In her initial tweet, she shared apparent text messages between the two in which she’d questioned why he was wearing a wedding ring during a video interview, only to be told that the ring was a ruse meant to satisfy conservative parents.
Later, she said “I don’t want other women to go through the same, and I’ve already had several tell me he did all the same stuff to them, and they’ve all been in the gaming community. After verifying he was married, I figured I wasn’t the only one he had done this to.”
Thanks to Kotaku for obtaining the confirmation emails.