Ashraf Ismail, former artistic director of the forthcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, who left that function in late June following social media allegations of sexual misconduct, has been formally terminated by Ubisoft. The information comes from an internal memo sent to Kotaku on Friday.
In the memo, Ubisoft Montreal workers have been instructed that an outdoor investigative agency had seemed into the matter, and Ubisoft decided “that Ashraf’s employment with Ubisoft had to be terminated.” The writer instructed workers it might not disclose any particulars from the investigation.
Polygon has reached out to an Ubisoft consultant for extra remark.
Ismail had labored for Ubisoft for the previous 11 years and was artistic director for 2017’s Assassin’s Creed Origins and 2013’s Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag. In June, allegations emerged on Twitter that Ismail had carried on an extramarital affair with a streamer who met him at E3 2017.
Ismail stepped down June 24. “The lives of my family and my own are shattered,” he said in a tweet. “I am deeply sorry to everyone hurt in this.” Ubisoft confirmed Ismail’s go away of absence the identical day, and told Gamasutra that it might start an investigation into the matter.
The streamer who made the primary allegation in opposition to Ismail stated she had a consenting relationship with him, but in addition stated he hid his marriage from her, to the purpose of claiming the marriage band he wore was for present, in order that his dad and mom wouldn’t be requested why their son wasn’t married.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is scheduled for a Nov. 17 launch on Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, in addition to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, that are anticipated to launch at the moment.
Update: A Ubisoft consultant confirmed the dismissal to Polygon. “As a result of investigations, Ashraf Ismail has been dismissed from Ubisoft and is no longer an employee,” they stated.