Jade Raymond, founder of Ubisoft Toronto and producer of its Assassin's Creed, Watch Dogs and Splinter Cell games, among others, has left the company.
During her time at Ubisoft, Raymond was producer on the first Assassin's Creed from 2004 to 2007, going on to serve as executive producer on the game's sequel Assassin's Creed II from 2008 to 2009.
She was also executive producer for Watch Dogs from 2008 to 2009 and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist from 2010 to 2013.
She had served as managing director of Ubisoft Torontosince 2009.
After 10 years of collaboration, the company and Jade Raymond have agreed to pursue future opportunities separately,” Ubisoft said in a statement.
Alexandre Parizeau, a fellow founding team member of Ubisoft Toronto, will replace Raymond as managing director for the studio from October 29th.
Parizeau will report to Yannis Mallat, CEO of Ubisoft Montreal and Toronto, and will oversee Toronto's role as a contributor to the development of many of Ubisoft's biggest brands.
I've spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games,” said Raymond.
This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path.
I'm confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities.
Stay tuned for more on what's next for me, but for now, I'd like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavours."
Mallat added: On behalf of Ubisoft, I'd like to thank Jade for her leadership and many contributions over the years, and wish her all the best in her next adventures.
The Toronto studio is a key part of the Ubisoft global network, and Alex has been at the heart of the studio's growth over the years. He was the obvious choice to lead this talented group of people as they continue to develop amazing games.”