Raphael Lacoste is next to leave Ubisoft
With a increasing long line of staff exiting Ubisoft post-Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, now another name has been added to the list - Raphael Lacoste. Renowned for his leadership in the art department and bringing beautiful worlds to life in the Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia franchises, the former art director tweeted the following:
"Good morning all, it is not without emotions I have to tell you that after 8 assassins, 16 years at Ubisoft I have decided to set sails on new adventures and challenges. I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart our wonderful community and the incredible talents I’ve had the chance to collaborate with, over these amazing years. Thank you too, Ubisoft, for your trust and the fantastic projects we brought to life together ! Bye for now, these years will remain unforgettable. Ubisoft has been a nice home for me for 16 years, and I am very touched about this, the trust they gave me as well as the opportunities, but it was time to do another leap of faith."
Though Lacoste has left on positive terms as his tweets indicate, Bloomberg journalist Jason Schreier in response to the news, tweeted about staff discontent stating "Ubisoft has an attrition problem". He lists various factors such as money, stagnancy, work from home, talent poaching from wealthier corporations and the belief that senior management are not being held accountable for cultural abuses.