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Assassin's Creed Valhalla & Black Flag Head Writer Leaves Ubisoft

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After an illustrious career, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Black Flag’s Head Writer has left Ubisoft. The Assassin’s Creed franchise has become one of the most prolific series in gaming history. Taking players from the dusty sands of Ancient Egypt in AC: Origins to the smog filled streets of Victorian London in Syndicate, the series is as famous for its historical emphasis as it is for hidden blades and its leads’ lust for jumping brazenly from perilous heights.

The most recent installment to the Assassin’s Creed franchise sees players take on the role of Eivor during the Viking invasions of Britain during the years 872 -878 AD. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla released in November of last year and was one of the first games to launch on both the current and previous generation of consoles. While the game was a bit buggy on its initial release, it received praise for its storytelling and return to stealth; something that many felt had been lacking from previous Assassin’s Creed installments.

Now it has been announced that Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Head Writer, Darby McDevitt, has left Ubisoft to “set forth on a new adventure.” McDevitt shared the news with his followers on Twitter, stating that he had had a “decade of working with brilliant people, creating stories & characters for an incredible series, & interacting with our wonderful fans” whilst at Ubisoft Montreal. McDevitt included a photo of his Ubisoft business cards in his post, which was followed by an outpouring of love and best wishes from friends and fans, including the Assassin’s Creed Twitter handle itself. This particular message of goodwill to McDevitt was accompanied by a tribute video that encompassed some of the many characters and stories that McDevitt created for the Assassin’s Creed franchise, including those from Valhalla and Black Flag.


Story content aside, Ubisoft is continuing to add and expand upon Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Most recently, the developer has confirmed that one-handed swords will be coming to the Viking epic, following months of fan requests online. Along with new equipment, Ubisoft has also released several patches for the game to address the aforementioned bugs and crashes that have been experienced by players.

As it stands, McDevitt appears to be enjoying some well-earned R&R, having updated his Twitter bio to “Currently: Catching up on reading and writing.” As for the Assassin’s Creed franchise, it's currently unknown what is in store for its future. That isn't to say that many haven’t tried to guess - rumors of India, China and Japan have all been “leaked” on the internet, even though AC Valhalla is less than a year old. Whatever, and wherever, the series goes from here, though, the next Assassin’s Creed Head Writer undoubtedly has some pretty big shoes to fill.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is in stores now for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

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