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Use the GDC 2021 Session Viewer to browse and sort the ever-growing list of sessions by day, time, pass type, topic, and format. All registered attendees will be able to build their personal schedule directly within the event platform, once live early July 2021. All times are listed in Pacific Time.

Through the Storm: Shipping 'Assassin's Creed Valhalla' during a Global Pandemic

Julien Laferriere  (Producer, Ubisoft)

Date: Thursday, July 22

Time: 8:30am - 9:30am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Production & Team Management

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: N/A: I prefer to present live on-site but I am open to delivering a virtual presentation

In spite of a global pandemic, the Assassin's Creed Valhalla team managed to pull through and ship the game – as it was conceived- on time for the Holidays. In this session, the producer of the game will do a post-mortem of the project, going through the different phases of production, but focusing on the decisions that made shipping the game a reality, from the perspective of the helm of the ship.


From high-level design decisions, production processes and empowering your team, the pandemic thought us many lessons. This session will share the best practices that came out of it.

Intended Audience

This presentation should be good for a broad audience, anyone interested in Assassin's Creed Valhalla or the production realities of shipping under extreme circumstances. As the tone is close to a post-mortem, highlighting best practices along the way, many people could have (hopefully) interesting takeaways.