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Assassin's Creed Valhalla Creative Director steps down following infidelity accusations

Ashraf Ismail Assassins Creed
Ashraf Ismail Assassins Creed (Image credit: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images)

What you need to know

  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla Creative Director Ashraf Ismail has stepped down from the project.
  • He stepped down to deal with personal issues in his life, which comes after he was accused of cheating on his wife.
  • Other Ubisoft employees have been accused of sexual harassment and assault.

Ashraf Ismail, Creative Director on Assassin's Creed Origins and the upcoming Assassin's Creed Valhalla, is stepping away from the project to deal with personal issues. He was recently accused of cheating on his wife on Twitter and lying about his marital status.

In a tweet announcing his departure from Valhalla, Ismail said that he is "deeply sorry to everyone hurt in this."

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.There are hundreds of talented, passionate people striving to build an experience for you that do not deserve to be associated with this. I wish them all the best.

Several Ubisoft developers have found themselves accused of sexual harassment and assault recently, including Product and Brand Marketing Manager Andrien Gbinigie, who denied the accusations in a since-removed Medium post.

In reference to Gbinigie and other accusations, a Ubisoft spokesperson said, "We are deeply concerned by these accusations. We take any allegations of abuse or harassment very seriously and we are looking very closely into the allegations to determine next steps."

It's unknown at this time whether Ismail will come back to the project at some point or what Ubisoft will be doing to handle these other serious accusations.

Just yesterday, writer Chris Avellone was removed from several projects including Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines 2 and Waylanders, and Dying Light developer Techland has severed their relationship.

Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and is very happy Xbox is growing a stronger first-party portfolio. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.

8 Comments
  • This is what tech journalism has become nowadays? Gossip, details on the personal lives of developers and creators?
  • You don't want us to report when a creative director steps away from a major project that's one of the most highly anticipated games this holiday? okay. It would be wrong and irresponsible of us to report on his departure without the context surrounding it.
  • Agreed, it's not like the article is a tabloid, just explaining context.
  • I dunno. This feels like a slippery slope. Hope I’m wrong. If this site becomes a political story site like The Verge has become, I would very soon stop visiting.
  • We're already down there, pal.
  • The report is expected. The gossip about his personal reasons is unnecesary and bad taste. It should just be cited as "personal reasons". His personal life is not news.
  • Honey. You've been wronged before I gather.
  • Life is life. Work is work. We need to juggle these two things. But only personally. This is not an issue for Gossip Central