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Assassin’s Creed Red reportedly facing development issues due to abuse allegations – Effinate Games


Ubisoft Forward 2022 was packed with news from the publisher, like Rayman returning in the Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope DLC and the reveal of what Assassin’s Creed Infinity actually is. Along with that came the announcement of several other Assassin’s Creed projects, including Codename Red, which has been billed as the long-awaited Assassin’s Creed set in feudal Japan. While the announcement was met with excitement at the top, there is development behind the scenes that must also be brought up.

As reported by TheGamer, Ubisoft is having trouble staffing the development team on Assassin’s Creed Red. The project is led by Jonathan Dumont, who previously served as creative director for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Immortals Fenyx Rising. Dumont has also been accused of verbal and sexual abuse, which is an understandable reason for not wanting to work under him.

A Better Ubisoft, a collective of around 1,000 current and former employees within the publisher’s ranks, has taken issue with Dumont as a result of these allegations. “Dumont has been the reason [for] several of my colleagues are leaving,” an anonymous member of the group told TheGamer. “His outburst has created a climate of fear that has been known for years in the studio, and it has not been possible to respond to it for a long time.” That certainly sounds like the kind of nightmare boss any employee would want to avoid. Given that Assassin’s Creed Red is still in the codename stage, it looks like Ubisoft has plenty of time to deal with the issue now before the project moves far. While we consider A Better, Ubisoft has had to renew its claims in the past, we can’t say for sure if any investigation or disciplinary action will be taken here.

In addition to Codename Red, Ubisoft Forward was also home to the official reveal of Assassin’s Creed Mirage, complete with a flashy CGI trailer. Due out sometime in 2023, Mirage is coming to PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. Pre-orders are open now.

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