Assassin’s Creed Franchise Art Director Raphael Lacoste is the latest development team member to leave Ubisoft Montreal. After working with the company for just under 11 years, Lacoste has chosen to leave the developer to look for “new adventures and challenges.”
Good morning all,
It is not without emotions I must tell you that after 8 assassins, 16 years at Ubisoft I decided to take on new adventures and challenges. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/ZynG1pXoK9
— Raphael Lacoste (@raphaellacoste) July 21, 2021
In addition to serving as Franchise Art Director for over nine years, Lacoste has also worked as an Art Director on: Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and Assassin’s Creed Origins. His last role was as Senior Art Director on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The franchise veteran has seemingly decided to leave the company on his own terms, as implied when he announced his departure:
It is not without emotions I must tell you that after 8 assassins, 16 years at Ubisoft I decided to take on new adventures and challenges.
I want to thank from the bottom of my heart our amazing community and the incredible talents I’ve had the privilege of working with over these amazing years.
You too, Ubisoft, thank you for your trust and the amazing projects we have brought to life together! See you soon, these years remain unforgettable
Ubisoft has been a great home to me for 16 years and I’m very touched by this, the confidence they gave me and the opportunities, but it was time for another leap of faith 🙂
Lacoste is not the first Assassin’s Creed veteran who has left Ubisoft Montreal in recent months. Scriptwriter Darby McDevitt left the developer in March after more than a decade, while senior developer Eric Baptizat left the company in June after 16 years with the company. The latter has since joined EA Motive on an unannounced project.
The studio has recently undergone a reorganization as it partners with Ubisoft Quebec to work on the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Infinity, reportedly an evolving online platform with multiple historical institutions. Unfortunately, this left many employees unhappy with the way the company handled allegations of abuse by management, with some of the accused still working at the two companies.