‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’ creative director Ashraf Ismail steps down amid impropriety allegations

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Creative Director Ashraf Ismail has resigned from his position at Ubisoft amidst allegations of engaging in extramarital affairs. Ismail made a statement on Twitter saying, “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.” He further added to the statement saying, “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 released 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.” Ismail did not say what actions actually shattered his life and those of his family. In multiple accounts on social media, people alleged that Ismail would lie repeatedly about his marriage. As for Assassin’s Creed, the franchise is moving forward without Ismail. Ubisoft hasn’t provided a release date for Valhalla beyond later this year