Ubisoft Removes Skull & Bones Studio Managing Director Held in Sexual Harassment Allegation
In the past few months, Hugues Ricour, the Managing Director of Ubisoft Singapore, was confronted with allegations of sexual harassment, among other things. As it has now been confirmed, Ricour had to vacate his post with the Skull & Bones makers.
In recent years, the work on the pirate adventure Skull & Bones announced in 2017 did not seem to be under a good star.
On the one hand, the release was pushed back several times and is now planned for the financial year 2021/2022 (April 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022). In addition, we received reports in August this year that weighed heavily on Hugues Ricour, the Managing Director of Ubisoft Singapore, the studio responsible for Skull & Bones. Among other things, there was talk of sexual harassment.
According to an internal report that Kotaku is said to have received, Ricour’s management style should also have included bullying and retaliation. Allegations that have now led to Ricour resigning from his post as Managing Director of Ubisoft Singapore.
In an internal e-mail that Kotaku has received, it says: “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 confirmed the resignation of Ricour and pointed out that he will remain with the company: “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.” In the coming months, Ubisoft Singapore will be headed by Matthew Thorpe and Debbie Lee for the time being.
Skull & Bones is in the works for the PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.