A wave of resignations has swept across Ubisoft in what staff are referring to as "the great exodus," per a report by Axios. Staff have also called it "the cut artery."
At least five of the top 25-credited people from Far Cry 6, Ubisoft's biggest 2021 release, have already left. Twelve of the top 50 from Assassin's Creed Valhalla have also left.
But the exits extend into the mid- and lower-level tiers of staff as well. Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto, normally growing studios for Ubisoft, are both down at least 60 total workers in the last six months, per Axios.
Current and former Ubisoft developers interviewed by Axios provided a plethora of reasons for the departures, including low pay, competitive opportunities, frustration with the company's creative direction, and, of course, unhappiness with the company's handling of the workplace misconduct scandal that's plagued it since summer 2020.
"Our attrition today is a few percentage points above where it typically is," Ubisoft's head of people ops, Anika Grant, told Axios. "But it's still within industry norms."
Management said that it had hired 2,600 workers since April, and Axios reports it had hired more than 4,500 in the two full years prior. The company also instituted across-the-board pay raises for workers at its Canadian studios, which Grant says has improved retention by 50%, but has frustrated developers at other studios who did not see such raises.
Workers were also frustrated that efforts to reform the company's reported toxic and sexist work environment had seen so little success. More than 1,000 current and former employees signed a letter this summer saying Ubisoft hadn't done enough on reform.