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Veteran Assassin's Creed Writer Leaves Ubisoft After 10 Years

Darby McDevitt is the creator of Edward Kenway, one of the most beloved protagonists in the Assassin's Creed franchise.

Assassin's Creed writer, Darby McDevitt, is leaving Ubisoft after spending more than 10 years with its Montreal studio.

McDevitt most recently had a hand in the latest installment to Ubisoft's best-selling history-spanning action-adventure franchise, Assassin's Creed: Valhalla, as the narrative director.

Both critics and players alike praised his work. In particular, many found it interested how he managed to tie up the numerous loose ends that have been long part of the game's complicated lore.

Ubisoft Loses Its Foremost Assassin's Creed Loremaster

McDevitt is one of the most beloved employees of Ubisoft. He is known for his frequent fan interactions and how his creative imagination has helped bring to life some of the most memorable characters in the Assassin's Creed franchise.

His most notable original characters include Eivor Wolf-Kissed from the aforementioned Assassin's Creed: Valhalla and Edward Kenway from Assassin's Creed: Black Flag.

McDevitt took to Twitter to announce his retirement. In his post, he thanked the people he has had a chance to work with over the years, as well as his fans. He also says that he has "decided to set forth on a new adventure."

McDevitt's first writing credits come in 2009 for the portable spin-offs for the Assassin's Creed 2 trilogy, Discovery, and Bloodlines. Afterward, he was tapped to be the lead writer for Assassin's Creed: Revelations. He then capped off the Ezio trilogy with his work on the Assassin's Creed: Embers short film.

After this, McDevitt was hired to work as the Lead Writer for Assassin's Creed: Black Flag. He also contributed to both Assassin's Creed: Unity and Assassin's Creed: Origins. He most recently stepped in as the Narrative Director for Assassin's Creed: Valhalla.

What's Next for the Assassin's Creed Franchise?

McDevitt didn't announce what his next move was yet but it is something that a lot are looking forward to.

With that said, Ubisoft will continue supporting Assassin's Creed: Valhalla for at least the entirety of 2021.

The latest mainline installment in the Assassin's Creed franchise was released on November 10, 2020, as a follow-up to 2018's Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. So far, it has received extensive support in the form of numerous seasonal events. The game also has a robust roadmap that includes multiple additional in-game content for the foreseeable future.

After "The Legend of Beowulf" DLC, more expansions in "The Wrath of the Druids" and "The Siege of Paris" is expected to release for Assassin's Creed: Valhalla in Spring 2021 and Summer 2021, respectively.

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