Assassin's Creed 3, Far Cry 4 Director Leaves Ubisoft

Alex Hutchinson is now heading up a brand-new studio.

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Ubisoft veteran Alex Hutchinson has left the company to create his own studio. Hutchinson, who was the game director on high-profile Ubisoft projects such as Assassin's Creed III and Far Cry 4, announced his departure from the French gaming giant on Twitter this week (via IGN).

"Extremely proud of all we achieved on Far Cry and Assassins but very excited to build something new," he said. He's starting a new company, Typhoon Studios, with former EA and Warner Bros. producer Reid Schneider and "some other wonderful people." Hutchinson added that you should not expect to hear much about the developer's first game soon, though he did tease, "We are hard at work imagining a brand new world to inflict on all of you, so stay tuned."

Hutchinson made headlines in 2012 when he said the the pursuit of AAA games is "kind of cancerous growth…that will leave AAA blockbusters as nothing more than the last of the dinosaurs." In 2013, Hutchinson said something similar, claiming that AAA games are dying out.

Before joining Ubisoft in 2010, Hutchinson worked as a creative director at Electronic Arts and Maxis, where some of his credits included Spore, The Sims 2, and Army of Two: The 40th Day.

We'll report back with more details on Hutchinson's next game as they become available.

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GirlUSoCrazy

Nice, looking forward to some more unique games without UPlay

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archav3n

AC3 suxs and FC4 just FC3 copy pasta

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FanboyMan

Oh no does this mean no more subpar Ubisoft sequels!?

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nanorazor

@fanboyman: Not really, the good directors left years ago.

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mirage_so3

Well when you list Assassin's Creed 3 as one of your "known-fors" I'm not sad to see you go.

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darksouls

@mirage_so3: Lol yeah, ACIII was absolute garbage.

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Utnayan

One of the reason why Ubisoft went in the shitter. And like a disease, permeates a new company where his shit design spreads off. This guy is a true pile of shit. AAA design isn't dead. Look at Zelda and horizon zero dawn. People like this piece of shit make it dead and use it as any excuse to bend over gaming consumers.

Stay away from his shitbag's product.

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Mogan

@Utnayan: 1. You need to diversify your insults.

2. You're on the internet calling a person who makes video games a piece of **** because he made some video games you didn't enjoy. Think about that for a sec.

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DeadlyShadow698

Just reminds me of how shit Assassin's Creed 3 ending was....I will find all who is responsible for it including this guy and send them a bag of gummy dicks.

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mrbojangles25

@deadlyshadow698: omfg yes, bags of gummy dicks!

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nyran125tk

Farcry 4 was fine, well it was smooth on PC anyway, provided you have the right hardware. Spore was interesting, just a bit flavourless, but what it was trying to do was really interesting and The Sims 2, easily the best sims ever made. I think. I never played ASS CREED 3. Im a bit over ASS Creed by the sheer number of games that come out with the name ASS Creed. I've decided Im only ever going to play an ASS Creed with a number after it. Its no longer about the story in ASS CREED, its about location. "Lets have an ass creed in India or colombia or ancient Japan or China or Rome, yeah lets do ASS Creed in CHINA!!!!

The story is like an after thought now.

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Shay-Cormac

@nyran125tk: Wow you must be a really funmy guy.

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nyran125tk

@shay-cormac: I wasnt trying to be funny. I couldnt be bothered filling out the rest of the word. Just like they cant be bothered writing a good story in the Ass' Creed movie.

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Megamandrew

@nyran125tk: You're definitely right. The story is completely an afterthought, just like the gameplay and game design.

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altairdarius

I can't say they did good on AC3 and FC4. Connor was not a good writen character and FC4 didn't do much as a sequel of the third game.

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RogerioFM

"Creative" director.

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James_xeno

Who?

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chiefwiggum16

Ubisoft had a creative director?

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skippert

@chiefwiggum16: No, just a director

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chiefwiggum16

@skippert: Creative director

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skipper847

When I saw director I thought nooooo not another remaster.

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cygnus455

REALLY???!!! Left Ubisoft to start another company?? You never finished the games you started at UBISOFT. The customers are STILL waiting for patches for the BETA games you sold to us for full retail price. ASSH*LE!

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Doctor_MG

@cygnus455:

Far Cry 4 seems pretty completed to me. But, then again, I didn't buy it at launch.

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Mogan

@sellingthings: Why does 4 suck?

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DannyBuchanan5

@sellingthings: Doesn't make it incomplete though, neither is AC3, they're both just boring as **** games that weren't fun. He was good with little ideas (AC3 introduced boats which lead on to AC4, arguably the best game in the franchise) but clearly had no idea what to do in execution. Probably most clearly shown that he worked on Spore.

I wish him the best, having good small ideas can make for great indie games, but christ did he make some shit heaps.

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Doctor_MG

@sellingthings:

Aside from the story they are almost exactly the same...

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cornbredx

That's probably for the best for Ubisoft. He's not very good at his job. AC3 was awful and FC4 is a buggy mess that's trying to copy the magic of FC3.

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LiveDreamPlay

@cornbredx: By how bad the other games suck too, I'm guessing he's not the only problem there...

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catsimboy

Hopefully he takes the "tower climber" jokes to heart and makes his new game less formulaic.

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Pyrosa

Couldn't live with himself after delivering so many maps full of repetitive filler...

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PrpleTrtleBuBum

@Pyrosa: It's a funny dilemma when he says AAA is dead and wants to create something cool yet AC3 and FC4 are outstanding examples of AAA sequels that don't add or try anything. Like lots and lots of indie mobile games are just reskins of someone elses small success.

Maybe the suits prevented him (and the others) from doing anything fresh, but c'mon there should be something. If he couldn't think of anything with all the billions and manpower, how can he succeed in someone's garage?