A couple of years ago, when Ubisoft tried to go along with the #MeToo-born vociferous defenders of “justice”, a number of notable personnel were fired from the publishing house. Among them was Ashraf Ismail , the man who led the development of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag , Assassin’s Creed: Origins and Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla , who was accused of lack of courtesy and … cheating on his wife.
Fortunately, the Chinese corporation Tencent is interested in the skills of employees much more than their family life, and therefore Ismail now works in their new Montreal studio as a “consultant game director”. Actually, according to some sources, he has been working there since mid-2021, since the opening of the studio. Just noticed it just now. And along with him are a number of other Ubisoft people who previously worked on Assassin’s Creed, so it cannot be ruled out that the debut brainchild of the new Tencent studio will be some kind of adventure sandbox with a similar spirit.