Ashraf Ismail, the Ubisoft Montreal director who stepped down from his role on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in June, was accused of having an extramarital affair with a fan. Ubisoft terminated him following an investigation in the allegations.

Ashraf Ismail, the Ubisoft Montreal director who stepped down from his role on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla in June, was accused of having an extramarital affair with a fan. Ubisoft terminated him following an investigation in the allegations.

Ashraf Ismail, former creative director of the forthcoming Assassins Creed Valhalla, who left that role in late June following social media allegations of sexual misconduct, has been formally terminated by Ubisoft. The news comes from an internal memo sent to Kotaku on Friday.
In the memo, Ubisoft Montreal employees were told that an outside investigative firm had looked into the matter, and Ubisoft determined that Ashrafs employment with Ubisoft had to be terminated. The publisher told employees it would not divulge any details from the investigation.
Polygon has reached out to an Ubisoft representative for additional comment.
Ismail had worked for Ubisoft for the past 11 years and was creative director for 2017s Assassins Creed Origins and 2013s Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag. In June, allegations emerged on Twitter that Ismail had carried on an extramarital affair with a streamer who met him at E3 2017.
Ismail stepped down June 24. The lives of my family and my own are shattered, he said in a tweet. I am deeply sorry to everyone hurt in this. Ubisoft confirmed Ismails leave of absence the same day, and told Gamasutra that it would begin an investigation into the matter.
The streamer who made the first allegation against Ismail said she had a consenting relationship with him, but also said he concealed his marriage from her, to the point of claiming the wedding band he wore was for show, so that his parents wouldnt be asked why their son wasnt married.
Assassins Creed Valhalla is scheduled for a Nov. 17 launch on Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, as well as the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, which are expected to launch at that time.

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