Ubisoft Ex Chief Creative Officer Canceled an Arthurian RPG from Dragon Age Designer Mike Laidlaw
Ubisoft recently fired long-time CCO (Chief Creative Officer) Serge Hascoët, among other executives, for the numerous allegations of misconduct and sexism levied by former employees.
However, it seems like he also made some questionable choices in the creative department as well. You might recall that former Dragon Age designer Mike Laidlaw had a brief stint at Ubisoft, joining in 2018 (he had left BioWare in 2017) before leaving earlier this year.
No game was ever officially announced, but a report published yesterday on Bloomberg suggests that Laidlaw and the team at Ubisoft Quebec were working on an open world fantasy RPG codenamed Avalon. As easily guessed by its codename, this game would have been directly inspired by the Arthurian legends.
According to the sources cited in the report, the development was actually progressing well. Avalon would have featured cooperative multiplayer elements similar to CAPCOM's highly successful Monster Hunter World. However, Hascoët reportedly held the project to impossible standards, claiming that the fantasy world would have to be 'better than Tolkien's Lord of the Rings' in order to be funded until its release. Apparently, Hascoët ditched plenty of fantasy game pitches within Ubisoft in previous years and didn't budge even when Laidlaw and his team tried different settings such as Sci-Fi and Greek mythology. Avalon was eventually canceled last Fall, with Laidlaw leaving the company a few months later.
Hascoët was known to be the most powerful person at Ubisoft when it came to deciding the fate of a game project. Hopefully, all the power that was previously concentrated in a single person will be now split more evenly among several creative officers.
For the time being CEO Yves Guillemot has taken on the role of CCO, though it is expected that someone will eventually fill this position on a permanent basis.