David Polfeldt had previously resigned from his role as studio head of Ubisoft Massive, based in Malmö, Sweden, with the intention of returning to Ubisoft in a “strategic role” after a sabbatical. Polfeldt instead appears to have changed plans and left the company entirely according to a recent interview with Nathan Brown for his Health Points Newsletter (Thank you, VGC).
Ubisoft Massive (AKA Massive Entertainment) is the studio behind The Division, as well as Ubisoft’s upcoming Star Wars and Avatar game. Massive has largely avoided allegations of sexual harassment and workplace toxicity leveled against high-level Ubisoft employees, and Polfeldt’s departure seems entirely unrelated to that controversy.
Polfeldt previously said he “felt an immense sense of completion,” as if he “had achieved everything he once dreamed of regarding Massive’s growth and accomplishments. In the Hit Points interview, he quoted Massive, well, massive growth as part of why he moved: Polfeldt said his management style was better suited to a smaller team, as opposed to the 750-person studio.
Polfeldt said he will go “wherever the wind takes him” regarding his own future, while Massive continues to work on his slate of big plans.