Previously, he took leave to “solve problems in his personal life.”
According to Kotaku, Ubisoft employees working on Valhalla were notified of the management’s decision on Thursday, August 13th. The same information is confirmed by sources of the Bloomberg agency.
After an investigation by an outside firm, it was decided that Ashraf Ismail should be fired from the company. We are unable to provide details of this case.
from Ubisoft’s internal employee statement
Ashraf Ismail left the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla team at the end of June after information appeared on the network about how he entered into relationships with girls, while deceiving them, without saying that he was married.
After that, the developer said that “his family is destroyed”, and he needs to leave the project in order to deal with problems in his personal life. Then Ubisoft confirmed that Ismail remains an employee, but now it seems that the company has found enough reasons to fire him.
This is far from the first time a key Ubisoft employee has been fired. The company had previously said goodbye to two executives who directly influenced the development of all of its games.
Among those dismissed was Serge Escoet, who was considered the second most powerful person in the company after Yves Guillemot. As Bloomberg told in his investigation, one of his words could lead to the cancellation of the project.
Also, it was Eskoet, according to Ubisoft employees, who actively promoted men as the main characters in games, preventing the developers from making Assassin’s Creed with a female character without alternatives – he substantiated his point of view with the words that such games are not for sale.