Ubisoft fires Assassin’s Creed art director following reports of harassment. In the wake of claims of wrongdoing Ubisoft fired Ashraf Ismail, the former creative director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. In June, Ismail stepped down from his position on the game, though he remained with the firm.
A fan publicly accused him of taking advantage of his position while pursuing a relationship with her and lying about his marital status.
“Following an investigation by an external firm, it was determined that Ashraf’s employment with Ubisoft had to be terminated,” the company told employees at its Montreal office, where the latest game in the franchise is in development, according to Kotaku. “We cannot provide any details about this confidential investigation.” Ubisoft confirmed to Bloomberg it has dismissed Ismail.
He had been with Ubisoft Montreal since 2009. In addition his work on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, he was the game director of Assassin’s Creed Origins and creative director on Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.