Massive Entertainment, also known as Ubisoft Massive, is a great studio with many things. He is currently developing the open Star Wars game of Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora and Ubisoft, while maintaining The Division 2. That’s why it’s potentially a big deal for CEO David Polfeldt to resign on July 1st.
"Seventeen years ago I joined a small indie studio based in Malmö in a role that the founder defined as 'Mister FixIt'. Little did I know what a roller coaster adventure would be like!" Polfeldt said in a statement announcing his departure.
"When we signed Star Wars and finally finished our beautiful Eden in 2020, I felt an overwhelming sense of completion, as if I had achieved everything I ever dreamed of."
However, Polfeldt does not leave the company. After taking a six-month sabbatical, he will return to Ubisoft with "a new strategic role." According to one Axios report, his replacement at Massive has already been chosen, but has not yet been appointed due to some sort of legal agreement with his current employer.
Polfeldt's departure has not been linked to allegations of harassment and abuse in the workplace that have led to the resignation of many other Ubisoft executives, including creative director Serge Hascoët, managing director of Ubisoft's Canadian studios. , Yannis Mallat, global human resources manager Cécile Cornet, and vice president Maxime Beland.
His decision to step down now is remarkable, however: Ubisoft's Avatar game was just released last week, more than four years after it was announced, while its Star Wars game is the first following the end of the ten-year exclusivity deal with EA with Disney and leading to extremely high expectations as a result. It doesn't seem like an ideal time for a study leadership upheaval, but Polfeldt suggested it's actually a good time to take the plunge.
"Being on the solid foundations of The Division, Avatar, Snowdrop and Ubisoft Connect, the studio has a fantastic shape," he said. "I'm exceptionally grateful for what we've achieved together."