The director of the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Remake has left Ubisoft after more than 11 years at the company.
As reported by VGC, David Grivel announced on LinkedIn that he’d be moving on to a new adventure following more than a decade working on Ubisoft games including Assassin’s Creed Unity, Far Cry 5, and most recently Splinter Cell Remake.
Its unclear how Grivel’s departure will affect the remake’s development at Ubisoft Toronto but he appears to be leaving on good terms, meaning Ubisoft likely had plans for his replacement in place (though a new director is yet to be announced).
“After more than 11 years at Ubisoft, it is now time for me to go on a new adventure,” Grivel said in the post. “11 years is a long time and summing it up in one post is quasi-impossible but I must say, I’ve been lucky. Lucky to work with so many great people over the years. Made so many friends.
“I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone I worked with at Ubisoft and say ‘au revoir’. This is not ‘adieu’ for ours is a small industry so I’m looking forward to our paths crossing again in the future. As for what that new adventure is? Stay tuned.”
Ubisoft has reportedly struggled with a “great exodus” of talent recently, particularly in its Canadian studios, as new and upcoming studios have offered more competitive salaries and better working conditions.
Splinter Cell Remake is yet to be given a release date, however, meaning even an internal delay wouldn’t be revealed outside of Ubisoft itself. The game was announced in December last year and will see the 2002 stealth classic remade in the Snowdrop Engine, the same tech behind The Division Games.
Reworking even more than its engine, graphics, and gameplay, Ubisoft will also update Splinter Cell’s story to be more relevant to a modern-day audience.
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Source: IGN Video Games All