In a surprising announcement earlier this week, Ubisoft revealed that Ubisoft Toronto studio head, Jade Raymond, is leaving the company after ten years of service at the company. Alex Parizeau, another founding member of the Toronto studio, will be taking over the role she’s leaving behind.
Jade originally produced the original Assassin’s Creed, has been the executive producer on games like Watch_Dogs and Assassin’s Creed II, and most recently helped found the Ubisoft Toronto studio which released Splinter Cell Blacklist last year. Currently the studio is assisting with a couple of major releases in Assassin’s Creed Unity and Far Cry 4. Make no mistake, she was an important part of Ubisoft. One thing that we don’t know is what’s next for Jade as she hasn’t publicly said anything yet.
“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,” said Raymond in a press release. “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.”
On a personal level, I have nothing but respect and admiration for Jade and was thrilled to actually meet her in person last year up in Toronto. During her time at Ubisoft she’s helped create and develop some of my favorite franchises like Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed. She even put the very first Assassin’s Creed on the map for me as she was it’s sort of public face during it’s development lifecycle. For me, seeing a game that managed to blend open world action with the Crusades timeline really intrigued me considering that history is something I love. In my eyes, it managed to marry the best of both worlds.
So thank you Jade for your contribution to the industry while at Ubisoft. I wish you all the best and can’t wait to see what is next for you.