Former Splinter Cell creative director Maxime Beland is returning to Ubisoft as part of the publisher’s editorial team, according to VGC. Beland will return to the company as vice president of Ubisoft’s influential editorial team where he will help “guide various games across the company.”
The Ubisoft veteran left the company last year in order to transition over to Epic Games as a creative director, a position that he left in October of 2019. Beland had been with Ubisoft for 20 years before his departure, having worked on titles such as the original Assassin’s Creed, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Splinter Cell: Conviction, and Splinter Cell Blacklist.
A few days ago, another report from VGC stated that Ubisoft is in the middle of restructuring its editorial team, so Beland’s potential return does line up well with these changes. The decision to mix up the editorial team was made in order for Ubisoft to focus on making its games more unique. This reorganization also follows an investor’s conference call from late 2019 that confirmed the delay of some of the publisher’s most anticipated titles, such as Watch Dogs: Legion and Rainbow Six Quarantine.
Meanwhile, Facebook allegedly struck a deal with Ubisoft last year to develop VR titles in both the Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell universes, but no further information on the subject has come to light.