Ashraf Ismail, the creative director of Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed Origins and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, stepped down from his position at Ubisoft after allegations were made about his personal life.
On the weekend Ismail was accused of cheating on his wife and lying about his marital status. These allegations came to light among many others, like reports on Chris Avellone.
Ismail said on Twitter that he was leaving Valhalla “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.”
Ubisoft also made a statement: “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.”
Ubisoft is looking into other allegations, with stories of harassment and sexual assault coming to light. “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.”