It’s also a relatively turbulent time at Ubisoft, (because things aren’t all rosy at Activision Blizzard either…) the producer in charge of Far Cry has left.
We recently reported that Ubisoft’s advocacy group, ABetterUbisoft, has launched a public petition to bring to the management’s attention (including CEO Yves Guillemot) the need for change because a sexist, harassing work environment is terrible for morale and, by extension, the company’s games.
Perhaps that is why it is reported on VGC that Dan Hay, who has been the producer in charge of the franchise since Far Cry 3, has left Ubisoft and is now out of the doors of its Montreal studio. The French publisher has confirmed this in a statement: “After more than ten years at Ubisoft, Dan Hay has announced that he will be pursuing a new chapter in his professional life, and he will be leaving on November 12. Dan has been the Executive Director of Far Cry and has developed an incredible multi-disciplined team to produce one of the most popular games in Ubisoft’s history.
While Dan has not announced where his path is taking him, we are confident that it will offer him the new challenges and experiences he seeks and deserves. We thank Dan for his many contributions over the years and wish him all the best for the future. In the interim, the brand team will be led by Sandra Warren in Montreal as well as a competent team of producers and directors, in addition to continuing its collaborations with several other studios around the world,” Ubisoft wrote.
Writing for VentureBeat, Jeff Grubb added that Hay’s departure could be because Ubisoft may be moving Far Cry in a live service direction, as with Assassin’s Creed, so there may be a more extensive instalment (a la Assassin’s Creed: Infinity) that could add a lot of content over time, which is a marketing move behind releasing an incomplete game for full price. And the pay raise for Canadian studios, effective from the end of October, was in vain: it couldn’t keep Hay in the game.
If Far Cry goes to the live service approach, it may not be a winner…