Assassin’s Creed Art Director takes Leap of Faith, leaves Ubi

After more than 16 years of faithful service, Raphael Lacoste – Art Director for Assassin’s Creed – has decided to leave Ubisoft. Fun as it may have been, it’s time to take the Leap of Faith and start anew for him. And guess who’s catching him, like a metaphorical bail of hay? Jade Raymond, the co-creator of the very first Assassin’s Creed.

For Raphael, this means the end of his Assassin’s Creed streak, which has been going for eight consecutive iterations. Tweeting to his followers, Lacoste admits that the decision isn’t entirely without emotions. I mean, sixteen years is one hell of a long time, especially in the gaming industry. But like all things, nothing is endless.

As mentioned, Lacoste has already found a new studio, where he’ll also function as Art Director. Joining his former colleague Jade Raymond at her brand-spanking-new studio Haven, he’ll make sure that the unannounced PlayStation IP will look top-notch.

With Lacoste’s departure, the veteran Assassin’s Creed team is getting thinner and thinner. AC writer Darby McDevitt said his goodbyes in March 2021, after a decade of working for the French publisher. Game Director Eric Baptizat – partly responsible for AC: Black Flag and Origins – moved to EA a month later.

Good luck, Raphael. May your collaboration with Jade be fruitful. I sincerely hope that this enables all of you to produce the Assassin’s Creed game that Ubisoft just doesn’t feel like making any more. I’m looking forward to seeing what you’re up to.