And now for more bad news about Ubisoft.
Assassins Creed Codename Red

Ubisoft recently revealed a bunch of new Assassin's Creed games they are working on for the foreseeable future. One of those games is called "Codename Red" and it is an Assassin's Creed game that fans have been begging for, for several years now. It's set to take place in Japan and you're going to play as a cool ninja. Sounds great!... There's just a bit of an issue.

It seems as though several Ubisoft developers do not want to work on Codename Red because the project lead has had several abuse allegations levied against him. A "Ubisoft worker" told The Gamer that the project lead on Codename Red has already caused several of their colleagues to leave Ubisoft due to his behavior.

Jonathan Dumont is the creative director leading development on Codename Red. Dumont was accused of harassment in 2020 when it was said that he verbally abused and made sexual advances towards his colleagues. His main victims were women and new hires under his direction. The Gamer's anonymous source says that Dumont caused employees to leave Ubisoft after his behavior and outbursts "creating a climate of fear."

Several sources shared information about Dumont's previous abuse at Ubisoft. They say that Dumont was "abuse and controlling" as well as being "one of the biggest offenders" at Ubisoft. Dumont would allegedly throw objects, punch walls, use slurs, make various misogynistic and homophobic comments, and be otherwise verbally abusive to the point his employees would be in tears. He has also reportedly told women how he thinks they should dress.

"Dumont has been the reason [for] multiple of my colleagues leaving. Be it because of sexual advances, belittlement, fear of him, or having seen his behaviour when in a bad mood. His outbursts have created a climate of fear known for years in the studio and failed to be acted on for a long time."
The anonymous source does say that while Dumont has made an effort to "improve himself," his past actions still very much sit at the forefront of many employees' minds. It is because of this that "some in the Quebec studio have asked not to work on Red because of his position on the project."

The Gamer's anonymous source reportedly belongs to "A Better Ubisoft," which is a group of Ubisoft employees that have been campaigning since at least mid-2021 for their employer to make improvements to their workplace environment. Several of their requests have seemingly been ignored for long stretches of time. A Better Ubisoft renewed their campaign to address the abuse that has hit most every level within the company. The group has said that progress has been "painfully slow" and that they are aware of at least "nine alleged abuses still employed at Ubisoft today." One of those nine is Dumont.

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot provided The Gamer with a statement about Dumont and people like him have been "cleared, or appropriately disciplined" for their supposed behavioral issues.

"Ubisoft takes all allegations extremely seriously," Guillemot writes. "While I can’t comment on specific cases, I can assure you that any team member who has been named in a report and remains at Ubisoft has had their case rigorously reviewed and has either been cleared, or has been appropriately disciplined and given an individualised action plan to support and monitor their progress."