Former Ubisoft lead creator Serge Hascoët has reportedly canceled a medieval RPG from former Dragon Age creative director Mika Laidlaw.
According to Bloomberg (via PC Gamer), the project was a fantasy RPG with elements of magic and fencing that would be loosely based on the historical character of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. The Codenamed Avalon project was canceled late last year after disputes with Hascoët over a fantasy environment.
The creative boss was probably not the biggest fan of fantasy games, and after rejecting a few more places from the development team, he settled on Avalone with a kicker that it would be better to “be better than Tolkien.”; Laidlaw and his team reportedly made several compromises that placed Hascoët, but without success. To the surprise of several developers, the influence of the manager prevailed and Laidlaw left Ubisoft Quebec in January this year. Hascoët himself left Ubisoft in July this year after allegations of misconduct.
It’s a shame Avalon never saw the light of day. With Laidlaw at the helm, the supposedly substantial budget that funds the game, and the elements of the online team that resemble Monster Hunter, the Arthurian fantasy RPG could have been something really special. Let’s hope that thanks to the new creative leadership at Ubisoft, the developers will not be so limited by the taste of a superior who does not even work on the project.
Fortunately, we have them upcoming PS5 games and upcoming Xbox Series X games look forward to.