Jade Raymond Leaves Ubisoft Toronto


In a surprising turn of events, Jade Raymond has left her position at Ubisoft Toronto, as “the company and Jade Raymond have agreed to pursue future opportunities separately.” She had been the Managing Director at that studio since its inception in 2009, while previously serving as producer and Executive Producer for Assassin’s Creed and Assassin’s Creed II, respectively. Alexandre Parizeau will be replacing her starting October 29th, as confirmed in a Ubisoft Toronto press release.

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Jade Raymond, in a departure statement:

"I’ve spent 10 extraordinary years at Ubisoft, and I am proud to have been part of many of the best teams in the industry making truly remarkable games. This is one of the hardest decisions of my career, but the Toronto studio is strong and on a solid path. I’m confident that now is a good time for me to transition leadership of the studio to Alex and to pursue my other ambitions and new opportunities. Stay tuned for more on what’s next for me, but for now, I’d like to thank Ubisoft for its partnership through the years, and I wish them the very best in all their next endeavors."

Parizeau, who is replacing Jade Raymond, has served as a senior producer of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist, as well as a producer on Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction and Rainbow Six Vegas. His experience with these two franchises seems to make him a logical choice, as Ubisoft Toronto has been taken the lead on the Splinter Cell franchise and was working on Rainbow Six Patriots before it was cancelled and re-worked into Rainbow Six Siege.

The wording of the statement is interesting, as both parties opted to “pursue future opportunities separately.” Hopefully, both Ubisoft Toronto and Jade Raymond are better off for the split. The early Assassin’s Creed games showed the most promise, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist showed early promise as to what the studio could do on its own.

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