Ubisoft have formally fired Ashraf Ismail, the creative director of several Assassins Creed games and formerly Assassins Creed Valhalla, following allegations and an investigation into misconduct.
Multiple women had come forward with the claim that Ismail withheld the fact that he was married while engaging in relationships with them. Allegations of his personal life had caused Ismail to step down from the role of creative director for Assassins Creed Valhalla in June.
The news was broken to colleagues at Ubisoft Montreal via an email obtained by Kotaku, which read the following:
“Following an investigation by an external firm, it was determined that Ashraf’s employment with Ubisoft had to be terminated,” the message continued, “We cannot provide any details about this confidential investigation.”
After revealing that they were fans of the Assassins Creed franchise, several women were allegedly contacted privately. It is also claimed that Ismail had discussed his work with some of those contacted, leaking information that had not been released publically.
This follows the claims that Ubisoft had downgraded or sidelined the possibility of a solo female protagonist several times, which is something that Ismail had allegedly said was the case for Assassins Creed Origins.
A Ubisoft spokesperson told Eurogamer, “As a result of investigations, Ashraf Ismail has been dismissed from Ubisoft and is no longer an employee”. Following a wave of sexual misconduct and assault allegations, his departure is the latest in a line of high-profile people to leave Ubisoft.