Hugues Ricour,managing director of Ubisoft Singapore which is presently creating Skull and Bones, has been faraway from his place. Kotaku reported his elimination after acquiring an e mail from chief studios working officer Virginie Haas to employees. Haas said that, “The outcomes of the management audit that was performed in the previous few weeks by our exterior companions makes it unimaginable for him to proceed on this place.”
Though Haas didn’t explicitly state the rationale, Ricour’s title got here up amidst recent allegations of abuse at Ubisoft by Gamasutra. Ubisoft Singapore was outed for racist and sexist habits, together with lack of motion by higher administration to reported abuse. Ricour particularly had been accused of “multiple sources of sexual harassment” and was recognized for “bullying, demeaning comments, and retaliatory action against those perceived to have stood up to him.”
Haas said Matthew Thorpe, Ubisoft Singapore’s director of operations, and Debbie Lee, human sources director, would “ensure a smooth transition in the interim.” There will even apparently be a city corridor on the studio to deal with staff and subject questions regarding Ricour.
Interestingly, an replace was simply offered to Kotaku about Ricour’s present standing. A Ubisoft spokersperson said that, “We can affirm that Hugues Ricour is each stepping down from his function as MD and additionally leaving the Singapore studio, however will stay at Ubisoft.” No purpose was given for his departure.
Ricour is one in all many Ubisoft senior staff to be eliminated following allegations of misconduct and abuse, becoming a member of the likes of Serge Hascoët and Ashraf Ismail. As for Skull and Bones, it’s apparently nonetheless a great distance off from launch and has seen “multiple revisions” as per three sources with information of growth. Stay tuned for extra particulars and updates on the studio within the meantime.