Ubisoft has lost another long-time developer. According to Video Game Chronicles, Dan Hay, who had been the Executive Producer for the Far Cry franchise, has apparently left the company after being with the company for more than ten years. Ubisoft made an official statement to the publication, which mentions Hay’s final day and how much his contributions have shaped the company. “After more than 10 years at Ubisoft, Dan Hay has announced that he will be pursuing a new chapter in his professional life and he will be leaving on November 12.”
VGC: Dan Hay, the most senior creative behind Far Cry, has left Ubisoft
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— Nibel (@Nibellion) November 11, 2021
Hay officially joined Ubisoft in 2011 and became a part of Ubisoft Montreal as a producer for Far Cry 3. He was then elevated for the executive producer role for the Blood Dragon spin-off and went on to hold that position for several entries in the franchise. This includes Far Cry 4, Far Cry Primal, Far Cry 5, and Far Cry New Dawn. His departure leaves a rather large gap in the leadership structure of the Far Cry series. Ubisoft stated to Video Game Chronicles that they would be having New Dawn’s production director Sandra Warren lead them on an interim basis until the company finds a more permanent replacement.
Unfortunately for Ubisoft, this is just the latest in a long line of well-tenured developers tendering their resignations in this past year alone. Following the previous year’s harassment investigations, the company has been reeling over the aftermath, which has resulted in a mini-exodus of high-profile employees. This was most prevalent during this past Summer when leadership was changed and the lead art director of the Assassins Creed franchise departed after 16 years with the company. Things really came to a head when current and former Ubisoft employees demanded accountability in an open letter about their handling of the investigations.