Ubisoft has confirmed that the managing director of Ubisoft Singapore, which is currently working on Skull & Bones, has stepped away from the role.
This was originally reported by Kotaku, which suggested that according to an internal company email, Hugues Ricour had been removed from the project "effective immediately", despite being in the position since 2018 and working on other Ubisoft properties such as the Assassin's Creed series and the upcoming Immortals: Fenyx Rising.
The full email reportedly read:
"Effective immediately, Hugues Ricour is no longer Managing Director of Ubisoft Singapore. The results of the leadership audit that was conducted in the last few weeks by our external partners makes it impossible for him to continue in this position."
Ubisoft later addressed the issue directly to Kotaku, confirming that Ricour has not been removed from the company, but instead stepped down from the position.
"We can confirm that Hugues Ricour is both stepping down from his role as MD and also leaving the Singapore studio, but will remain at Ubisoft."
Skull & Bones was originally first shown at E3 2017 and is an open-world pirate game based around ship battles. It was intended to release in 2018, but was pushed back to 2019, then again to 2020. It was later confirmed by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot that the game had since been pushed back even further.
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