The speak-out movement continues now effecting Ubisoft and its upcoming title Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla set to release in December of this year. Ashraf Ismail who was creative director of the project will step down due to sexual misconduct allegations. It is not yet known whether this will affect the release date at this time.
Ismail was accused of cheating on his wife and lying about his marital status for over a year with Twitch content creator Matronedea. He issued a statement via Twitter which was later taken down when Ismail deleted his Twitter account.
“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.”
He is not the first Ubisoft employee to be accused during this massive movement. Product and Brand Marketing Manager Andrien Gbinigie was called out via a medium post which was later removed.
Ubisoft issued statements Ismail and Gbinigie.
“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.”
“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.”
As the movement continues more and more people begin to get exposed. Who will be next?