Origins’ director leaves Ubisoft after 17 years

Assassin’s Creed: Origins director Jean Guesdon has introduced he’s leaving Ubisoft after greater than 17 years with the corporate.

Taking to Linkedin to substantiate his departure, Guesdon wrote: “2023 will start for me with the end of a bit more than 17 formidable years at Ubisoft Montreal.”

I can’t specific how a lot I owe to this distinctive firm,” he continued. “So many people met, so many skills learned and so many projects shipped. And Assassin’s Creed, of course Assassin’s Creed.”

He hasn’t but revealed what his subsequent venture will probably be, or with who.

In latest years, Guesdon has been inventive director on an “undisclosed” venture at Ubisoft for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. According to Kotaku, the venture is codenamed Renaissance, “a collaborative voxel-based game with shades of Minecraft.”

Assassin's Creed Origins
Assassin’s Creed Origins. Credit: Vikki Blake

Three former Ubisoft builders with information of the venture informed Kotaku they “considered it to be one of the more promising ones in the pipeline at the company”.

“We thank Jean for his strong creative vision, openness, ideas, and most of all, his ability to put himself ‘in the shoes’ of our players in his contributions to Ubisoft,” a spokesperson for the corporate stated in an announcement. “We wish him well as he moves on to his next chapter.”

Ubisoft began the yr by cancelling three unannounced video games and delaying the extremely anticipated Skull & Bones to 2024, citing “major challenges as the industry continues to shift towards mega-brands and long-lasting titles”.

Skull & Bones. Credit: Ubisoft

In a monetary replace, Ubisoft defined it was “facing major challenges” amid “worsening economic conditions affecting consumer spending”. It then confirmed the cancellation of mysterious player-versus-player sport Project Q.

Alongside all that, it was additionally introduced that Ubisoft plans to chop prices of round £176million over the subsequent two years “through targeted restructuring, divesting some non-core assets and usual natural attrition”.

After Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillermot informed employees that “the ball is in your court” to show issues round, 40 members of employees at Ubisoft’s Paris went on strike regardless of Guillermot apologising for the way his feedback had been “perceived”.

In different information, Ubisoft has introduced that the subsequent season of The Division 2 has been delayed, as a result of builders are locked out of the sport.

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