This holiday season, we will once again get to jump into the Assassin’s Creed franchise with a new game, which, of course, entails a new setting and era of history to explore. This time it’s the viking era of in 9th century Britain, with your choice of a male or female viking named Eivor. But not everyone who set sail with the game will be landing ashore with it, as a major figure in the game’s development has been seemingly been removed from the company.
As reported by Bloomberg, the game’s Creative Director, Ashraf Ismail, has now been officially fired from Ubisoft. This comes after news just over a month ago that Ismail had stepped down from his position.
“As a result of investigations, Ashraf Ismail has been dismissed from Ubisoft and is no longer an employee,” an Ubisoft spokesman said.
This move comes as multiple allegations have been leveled at Ubisoft, which have seen several other higher ups in the company being fired or resigning. Ismail was known for being in directing positions for other previous games in the series, Origins and Black Flag, and Valhalla was seen as something of a grand return for him. But it seems now he’ll no longer be there at the finish line.
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will release November 17th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia, with PS5 and Xbox Series X versions to come at an undetermined date.