As one Ubisoft veteran bails out, another one returns

There’s a shift change happening at Ubisoft. As one of their hotshots leaves the office, another one decided to return home. The one returning is Darby McDevitt, once responsible for writing storylines for Assassin’s Creed. The one leaving is Dan Hay, executive director for the Far Cry series. I wonder if Ubisoft sent him an ironic “Surely you can do better than that, Dan” e-mail…

Hay has been with Ubisoft for the last decade, playing his part in every Far Cry since part three. But as of November 12, other adventures await this Ubisoft veteran, even if we don’t know what those will entail (via VGC). Even a pay raise – which Ubisoft reportedly offers senior devs to stop the current exodus – couldn’t keep him in. Dommage…

Ubisoft stated Hay will be missed and wished him well in his endeavors, passing his duties on to Sandra Warren.

“Dan has been the Executive Director of Far Cry and has developed an incredible multi-disciplined team to produce what has become 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 highly capable team of producers and directors, in addition to continuing its collaborations with a number of other studios around the world.”

In the meanwhile, Darby McDevitt – who left the company fairly recently – crept back in through the door Hay left open. Merely seven months after “finding a new adventure” at Illogika, McDevitt felt the urge to return to his old franchise. That’s right, Darby will continue writing for Assassin’s Creed. You know, that franchise that once was all about a good story in the first place.

 “Yes, I have returned to Ubisoft! As I pondered my career over the past year, I focused on my desire to explore new ideas and unknown frontiers.

“Much to my delight, this is reflected in my return to Ubisoft to work on AC. I’m excited to continue my journey. Stay tuned!”

Does this mean that Assassin’s Creed Infinity – which definitely won’t be free-to-play – will have a decent story? The kind of story Ubisoft has left behind since AC III? One thing’s for sure, I’m not getting my hopes up anymore.