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Long-Time Assassin’s Creed Art Director Raphael Lacoste Departs After 16 Years For Haven Entertainemt Studios

While the ongoing Assassin’s Creed series continues more than a decade with the latest release being Assassin’s Creed Valhalla last fall, players await the next entry in the series to arrive. From our critic Michael Merchant, he explains, “I can safely say after the 70+ hours I have spent so far the game is worth the purchase price of $60. I can see the game easily lasting over 100 hours to complete everything and while a portion of the time will be fluff, much of the time spent has value.”

But while Ubisoft is in the midst of its year break between installments, a shift in leadership is occurring as one veteran developer departs from the Montreal division. While Beyond Good & Evil 2 Director Michel Ancel departed following claims for harboring unpleasant work culture, Assassin’s Creed franchise Art Director Raphael Lacoste is leaving on a better note.

In late July, Lacoste announced to his followers and the internet that he will be departing from Ubisoft after working for the publisher for more than a decade. Lacoste also went to state that he will be accepting a new role as an Art Director over at Haven Entertainment Studios the same day.

Currently, Haven Entertainment Studios is in the middle of a partnership with PlayStation’s Sony Interactive Entertainment since its founding. In that, former Stadia Games and Entertainment head Jade Raymond is helming the studio. In a previous report, it was disclosed that more than a handful employees at Stadia followed Raymond to Haven Entertainment Studios following the team’s inception.

While it is uncertain what is next for the Assassin’s Creed IP next, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Senior Writer Alain Mercieca explained his interest to deliver an experience in Brazil. “I’m not sure about you, but I’d absolutely be down for Assassin’s Creed Malta.” On a grander scale I do feel there is a rich tapestry of culture in South America that the brand has yet to explore fully. From the Incas to the Spanish Conquistadors, it is a very fascinating time. Though Black Flag did touch on some of it, I’m feeling more the Brazil region.”

Elsewhere more recently, Ubisoft addressed that it will be pursuing an ongoing experience set within the Assassin’s Creed universe. Titled ‘Assassin’s Creed Infinity’, the new project is said to merge several time periods, Assassins, and eras into one title. You can read the full report by heading here.

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