Darby McDevitt — the narrative director of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and the lead writer of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed Revelations — has announced he’s returning to Ubisoft after a year away from the company, which he only briefly returned to for work on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Why is this important? Well, for one, McDevitt is loved in the Assassin’s Creed community and has earned the reputation as loremaster of the series. Meanwhile, it also suggests that whatever Ubisoft is doing with the series, it’s not abandoning telling stories. In fact, it sounds like it’s doing the opposite, with McDevitt noting he’s “never been more excited” about the series and the stories he gets to tell
A fresh update on Assassin’s Creed’s future is excellent news for fans of the series’ previous games, particularly Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, a fan favourite chapter in the long-running genre. The positive news, which comes in the form of a new employee, comes amid concerns from fans who are unsure what to anticipate from the next game in the series, Assassin’s Creed Infinity, which is billed as a combination of classic Assassin’s Creed games and live-service games. Fans shouldn’t be concerned, though, if this new appointment is any indication of where the series is headed.
At the moment, it’s unknown whether McDevitt is back to work on Assassin’s Creed Infinity. Right now, that’s the only game in the series that’s been announced, but according to rumors, a more traditional open-world single-player RPG Assassin’s Creed game — like Valhalla, Odyssey, and Origins — is also in development. Whatever the case, fans are excited to see McDevitt back at Ubisoft and back working on Assassin’s Creed.
“It’s true! As I pondered my career over the past year, I focused on my desire to explore new ideas and unknown frontiers. Much to my delight, this is reflected in my return to Ubisoft to work on AC. I’m excited to continue my journey. Stay tuned,” said McDevitt. On a personal note, I have never been more excited about the places we’re going, and the stories I get to tell with this crew.”