Darby McDevitt decided to move elsewhere from Ubisoft after a long period (ten years!).
McDevitt announced his departure from Ubisoft Montreal on Twitter: „Today [March 26] is my last day at Ubisoft Montreal! After a decade of working with brilliant people, creating stories and characters for an incredible series, and interacting with our wonderful fans, I have decided to set forth on a new adventure… A special thanks to all the fans and content creators that have supported and expanded on our work over the years. Thank you for your kind attention! You have my deepest respect and admiration. It has been the honour of a lifetime to get to know so many of you,” McDevitt wrote.
The official Twitter account of Assassin’s Creed has also thanked McDevitt for his work: „Thank you @DarbyMcDevitt for your immense contribution to the brand. The stories and characters you created will always be cherished by the Assassin’s Creed community. May the winds blow in your favour on your next journey!” That is a nice reference to setting sail, as Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla also includes traversing on the ocean, as the Vikings liked to expand into the world on ships…
McDevitt was the narrative director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, as well as a writer for Assassin’s Creed: Origins. He also was the lead scriptwriter on Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. He was responsible for the script in 2014’s Assassin’s Creed: Unity, as well as the 2011 film called Assassin’s Creed: Embers. He also was involved with an iOS title, Assassin’s Creed: Recollection.
Without him, the series’ tone might change a bit. (It will continue, no doubt about that: Ubisoft will possibly release the next game in 2022, as they stopped releasing an Assassin’s Creed title annually…) Wherever he ends up, we wish him the best.