Assassin’s Creed writer Darby McDevitt announces return to the franchise

Assassin's Creed Darby McDevitt

Guess who’s back, back again

The next Assassin’s Creed will have one of its long-running writers back. Darby McDevitt has confirmed he’s returning to the Assassin’s Creed franchise.

First reported by VGC, McDevitt had left Ubisoft in March, saying he had decided to set forth on a new adventure. Now, it appears he’ll be returning to Ubisoft to once again work on the Assassin’s Creed series.

“It’s true! As I pondered my career over the past year, I focused on my desire to explore new ideas and unknown frontiers,” said McDevitt in a social media post. “Much to my delight, this is reflected in my return to Ubisoft to work on [Assassin’s Creed]. I’m excited to continue my journey. Stay tuned!”

He also added that he has “never been more excited” about the places the Assassin’s Creed team is going, and the stories he will get to tell with them.

McDevitt has a sizeable number of Assassin’s Creed credits on his resume, from Revelations up through 2020’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. The next Assassin’s Creed project is reportedly set to be a live-service project of some kind. Ubisoft itself has formally announced it under a codename, Assassin’s Creed Infinity, which is in development as a cross-studio, collaborative effort.

Ubisoft, meanwhile, has still been under scrutiny from its employees. A recent open petition was made public by current and former workers at the company, claiming that none of its demands had been met. These stem from lingering concerns and issues after several public allegations of a toxic company culture at the publisher. It also led to the departure of several Ubisoft executives.

Eric Van Allen