Assassin’s Creed Valhalla director quits after accusations about personal life

The creative director on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has stepped down from his role at Ubisoft, following allegations on Twitter.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla director Ashraf Ismail has taken a ‘leave of absence’, after accusations that he has been cheating on his wife.

The allegations were made by a Twitch streamer, who claims that Ismail entered into an affair with her while hiding the fact that he has a wife and child.

The streamer posted a series of images on Twitter documenting conversations with Ismail, and claimed that he was ‘routinely’ unfaithful.

Ismail was creative director on Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed Origins, and the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, and has been featured prominently in Ubisoft’s promotions for previous games.

Ismail has now closed his Twitter account, but previously used it to say that he was leaving to ‘properly deal with the personal issues in my life’.

‘The lives of my family and my own are shattered,’ he added. ‘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 has confirmed his exit but described it as a ‘leave of absence’, leaving the door open for him to return at a later date. Although that seems unlikely to happen in time for the release of Valhalla this year.

A new wave of #metoo allegations swept across the entire entertainment industry over the weekend, including others at Ubisoft.

Brand manager Andrien Gbingie has been accused of sexual harassment, while public relations director Stone Chin has been accused of ‘predatory behaviour’.

‘We are deeply concerned by these accusations’, said Ubisoft in a statement to Gamasutra, concerning the pair. ‘We take any allegations of abuse or harassment very seriously and we are looking closely into the allegations to determine next steps.’

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