Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s creative director, Ashraf Ismail, is stepping down from his role. This after he was accused of lying to women about his marital status in order to pursue relationships with them. Ismail made this announcement on his Twitter page.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Creative Director Steps Down From His Role, Citing Personal Issues
“I am stepping down from my beloved project to properly deal with the personal issues in my life. The lives of my family and my own are shattered. I am deeply sorry to everyone hurt in this,” he wrote. He seems to have deleted his Twitter account following this since the tweets are now inaccessible.
Developers Ubisoft confirmed that Ismail was stepping down in an email to news outlet Polygon. “Ashraf Ismail is stepping down from the project to take a leave of absence. The development team is committed to delivering a great game in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla,” wrote their representative.
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Multiple women came forward with their accounts on Twitter regarding Ismail as part of a fresh wave of allegations against people within the gaming industry. They allege that he was actively seeking out women who were younger than him, and were fans of his work.
“If someone is routinely seeking out partners who are 8-18 years younger than them and fans of theirs, that person is seeking out people they can take advantage of. They are abusing their position of power,” wrote one of the women.
Ashraf Ismail’s Departure Likely Won’t Affect Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Besides Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Ismail has also worked on Assassin’s Creed Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Origins. As of right now, Ubisoft has not named a replacement for Ismail. His stepping down likely won’t hurt Assassin’s Creed Valhalla significantly.
The game is in its final stretch anyway, so the developers have likely solidified many of their creative decisions. It may simply be a matter of bug fixing and polishing it at this point. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will be a follow-up to 2018’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
It will come out sometime near the end of 2020 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC and Stadia.