Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Director Fired by Ubisoft in Wake of Infidelity Allegations
Ubisoft has now outright removed former Assassin's Creed Valhalla director Ashraf Ismail from the company following allegations that emerged in June.
Back in June, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla director Ashraf Ismail removed himself from his position after allegations of cheating emerged on social media. Ismail, at the time, tweeted that he was leaving to “properly deal with the personal issues in my life.” While it seemed as though Ismail might have the opportunity to eventually return to Ubisoft later on, that is now no longer the case.
Reported by Bloomberg, it was confirmed today that Ubisoft has now outright fired Ismail from his position at the company. The move is said to have been made after Ubisoft formally looked into the situation internally. “As a result of investigations, Ashraf Ismail has been dismissed from Ubisoft and is no longer an employee,” a representative from the publisher plainly said in a statement.
In accompanying comments from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, he points out that Ubisoft likely terminated Ismail not simply for allegedly cheating on his spouse, but for levying his position as the director of AC to seemingly help him do so.
It’s not clear whether Ubisoft’s investigations found other incidents of misconduct or wrongdoing, but it’s important to note that he wasn’t fired for “cheating on his wife” — he met the fan through his position as a Ubisoft public figure and director of Assassin’s Creed
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) August 14, 2020
While this situation has somewhat hung over the development and marketing of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla the past few months, the next installment in the series is still well on its way to releasing later this year. Valhalla is set to arrive on November 17 and will be coming to PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X, PC, and Stadia.