Russell Lees, a game industry veteran that has worked in the industry for many years. Lees has spent the last 13 years at Ubisoft Montreal, focusing specifically on the Assassin’s Creed (AC) series. The news of the death of many contributors to the AC series came from Ubisoft Montreal’s director of narration, Darby McDevitt.
Darby McDevitt commemorated Russell Lees with these words:
“We lost a dear friend and brilliant colleague this week. Writer and narrative designer Russell Lees was a part of the Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry families for over a decade. All who worked with him will attest to his patience, his generosity, his passion, and his bright spirit. He will be missed, and remembered always as the most ideal artist in this busy, hectic industry — devoted, collaborative, patient, and kind beyond measure.”
Lees began his career in the game industry in 1995 as the Creative Director of The Dark Eye, owned by the developer company Inscape. He also worked at companies like Zoesis Studios, Pandemic Studios, and Sensory Sweep before joining Ubisoft in 2009. In his career, Russell Lees has also appeared in Far Cry New Dawn and Watch Dogs 2. He was a prolific and successful playwright.
Ethan Petty, the Principal Writer of Eidos Montreal, also referred to Lees, with whom he worked on Watch Dogs 2, on Twitter:
“He was one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with and had an incredible sense of humor. His work brought thrills and laughs to millions of players. He will be greatly missed.”