Last weekend at Ubisoft Forward 2022, French video game publisher and developer Ubisoft delighted fans of the Assassin’s Creed series by announcing its next installment: Assassin’s Creed Red.
Fans have been asking for a game set in feudal Japan since the series debuted 15 years ago, and it looks like they’re finally getting their wish.
After the success of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla In 2020, the Assassin’s Creed series will try to repeat its success with a new title codenamed Red.
Marc-Alexis Cote, who has worked on some of the best Assassin’s Creed games as both creative director and producer, called Codename Red Ubisoft’s “next premium flagship title” and said it is “the future of our open-world games.” RPG Games at Assassin’s Creed”.
But allegedly trouble is already brewing over the new Assassin’s Creed title.
According to a report by The Gamer, an anonymous contributor to the A Better Ubisoft initiative said some developers at Ubisoft Quebec reportedly declined to work on Assassin’s Creed Red because Jonathan Dumont was involved as creative director.
Who is Jonathan Dumont?
In 2020, allegations surfaced that Dumont had verbally abused and made sexual advances towards his employees, particularly women and new hires.
The allegations were among the many leveled against Ubisoft over the past two years, which even prompted a Singapore regulator to open an investigation at its Singapore office over allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination, and saw top executives attack the company left.
The anonymous employee also claimed Dumont was responsible for the exodus of talented employees from the company, claiming that his outbursts “created a climate of fear known for years.”
A 2020 game developer report of alleged abuse at Ubisoft claimed Dumont would throw things, smash walls and be verbally mean to people, calling them names that would make them cry.
However, the source of A Better Ubisoft has admitted that Dumont has been “struggling to improve” since the allegations were made public in 2020.
However, according to the source, that wasn’t enough for the Ubisoft staff in Quebec, leading many of them to be reluctant to work with Dumont on the upcoming collaboration Assassin’s Creed Red.
Demands changes at Ubisoft
Earlier this month A Better Ubisoft expressed their displeasure with the “excruciatingly slow” Progress in establishing a safe and respectful workplace ahead of last week’s Ubisoft Forward. It has also been claimed that Cote knew about the toxicity and made it possible.
In response to TheGamer’s report, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot issued a statement claiming that individuals involved in such allegations had been “acquitted or appropriately disciplined” for their alleged conduct, without referring to Cote or Dumont available.
The A Better Ubisoft initiative was launched by a flurry of allegations and scandals in 2020 when subordinates formed the group to advocate for better working conditions.
In 2021, the group sent an open letter to Ubisoft, asking them, among other things, to stop protecting abusers, give employees more say in how the company operates, encourage collaboration between departments and people who don’t Managers are to have help in organizing this collaboration.
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