French publishing firm Ubisoft has removed Hugues Ricour, the managing director of its Singapore studio.
That's according to Kotaku, which has obtained internal emails saying that he has been moved from his poisition following a "leadership audit." Ubisoft has said that he has not been fired and will still work at the company, but not in its Singapore office.
Ricour had been Ubisoft Singapore's MD since 2018 and was heading up work on Skull and Bones, in addition to contributing to the French firm's other IP, such as Assassin's Creed and Immortals: Fenyx Rising.
In the internal email, chief studios operating officer Virginie Haas said that Matthew Thorpe, Ubisoft Singapore's operations director, and HR director Debbie Lee will "ensure a smooth transition in the interim."
“Effective immediately, Hugues Ricour is no longer Managing Director of Ubisoft Singapore,” Ubisoft chief studios operating officer, Virginie Haas, wrote.
“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."
Why Ricour has been removed from his MD role but remains an employee at Ubisoft is unclear at this time. It's worth noting that a report by Gamasutra in August said that he had been accused of sexual harassment by multiple people.
This, of course, comes in the wake of a slew of allegations of misconduct by Ubisoft staff over the summer.
In a report in October, 25 per cent of employees at the games giant said they had experienced misconduct at work.
Ubisoft launched an internal investigation into the accusations and a number of senior heads have rolled. Chief creative officer Serge Hascoët, Yannis Mallat – MD of the firm's Canadian studios – and chief talent and communications officer Cécile Cornet were all cut in July, while editorial chief Maxime Béland resigned earlier that month.