Assassin's Creed writer makes surprise return to Ubisoft

By Kes Eylers-Stephenson,
The Assassin's Creed series has many writers, but one of the most recognisable names is that of Darby McDevitt. He left the publisher Ubisoft after finishing his work on Valhalla, but is now making a surprise return.

Assassins Creed

McDevitt is the long time writer of some beloved Assassin's Creed games. He started with the Discovery, the DS game, but moved on to a consultant role for III. He then was a writer for Black Flag, Unity, Origins, and Valhalla. After this final entry, he left the massive franchise to pursue other creative projects at multi-purpose game company Illogika. In a statement to VGC, Devitt confirmed that his seven month Assassin's Creed hiatus is over and he will be returning to Ubisoft.

“Yes, I have returned to Ubisoft!" Devitt said. "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!"

Black Flag

This will be regarded as a bit of a coup for Ubisoft by many in the hardcore Assassin's Creed community. Devitt was one of two stabilising presences for the lore of the franchise, alongside Corey May (now at Jade Raymond's Haven Studio). He is regarded to have upped the game with the Assassin's Creed-cross-historical-sim with AC Black Flag after the poorly regarded III, then introduced the then-next-gen Unity (which is looked at fondly in retrospect for many), and then helped write the well-received Origins. Valhalla is arguably the only time that his work on the games has split the Assassin's Creed community with regards to lore and world-building.

Ubisoft is currently pursuing Assassin's Creed: Infinity. The task appears humongous, with the game rumoured to be a live-service title with all eras of Assassin's Creed included. A stabilising hand like McDevitt's might help segue from old to new in the smoothest possible way.

What do you think of the news? Are you a fan of the Assassin's Creed games that McDevitt was involved in? Are you more sceptical? Project your consciousness into history by writing a comment below!
Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Written by Kes Eylers-Stephenson
Working across TrueTrophies and TrueAchievements, Kes writes news, reviews, and a variety of bespoke features. Kes left university after four years with a first-class MA in English Literature — a subject that required research, creativity, and lots of writing. He also has dabbled in teaching, farming, and building websites. Some days, he plays Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag to pretend he is a pirate.