Ubisofts Star Wars and Avatar studio head has left the company

Ubisoft Massive’s managing director has confirmed he’s departed the company.

That’s according to an interview in the Hitpoints newsletter (opens in new tab), published last week, featuring a new profile of Ubisoft Massive’s David Polfeldt. While Polfeldt was originally meant to return from a sabbatical he embarked on last year in a new managing role, he’s now decided to depart the Sweden-based development studio entirely.

Ubisoft Massive is most recently known as the developer behind The Division looter shooters. On the horizon however, it’s currently working on Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, which was first announced for PC and new-gen consoles alike last year in June, as well as the relatively recently-announced Ubisoft Star Wars game, which was announced just a few months prior in January 2021.

Right now, details on both games are hard to come by. The new Star Wars game was announced as a new open-world adventure last year, taking advantage of Ubisoft’s new Snowdrop engine, but there’s no word on when in the Star Wars timeline it’ll actually be set. Meanwhile, we’ve at least got a teaser trailer to go on for the forthcoming Avatar games from Ubisoft Massive, which is slated to launch at some point later this year.

With Ubisoft Massive’s managing director now stepping down, it’ll be interesting to see whether the scheduled launch of the Avatar game later this year is impacted at all. One would think, given Ubisoft Massive’s size, that a succession plan would already be lined up for Polfeldt’s departure.

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