Sections
Get a job in games graphic

Level up your career

Learn about working in games

Sign up to the GI Jobs board

View jobs board

Making the games industry a better place to work

See best places to work
Get a job in games graphic

Clint Hocking resigns from Ubisoft

Creative director moves on after nine years and 12 million units shipped

Ubisoft Montreal's creative director Clint Hocking has resigned from the company after nine years.

Hocking has worked on three big titles for the publisher – Splinter Cell, Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory and Far Cry 2 – and said his reasons for leaving the company are to avoid falling into bad habits and complacency.

"For me, habits begin to form when I am comfortable and content, and over time those habits settle," wrote Hocking on his personal blog. "Their weight begins to rest heavily on the foundations of contentedness on which they were built. All the courage and hard work required to overcome my bad habits and forge myself a place where I can be happy, leads me back, inevitably to a place where I am once again comfortable and content.

"In the 451 weeks that I have been here, I have adopted many new habits."

The three games Hocking has worked on have shipped over 12 million units between then, noted Hocking, who also modestly attributed his success in game design to luck.

"The way forward lies in my having the courage that I did not know I had a decade ago to bid farewell to those tragically comforting habits. I need to walk on hot coals and sleep on a bed of nails. I need to chew on broken glass. I need to drink paint," he wrote.

Get a job in games graphic

Level up your career

Learn about working in games

Sign up to the GI Jobs board

View jobs board

Making the games industry a better place to work

See best places to work
Get a job in games graphic

More stories

Skull and Bones devs detail troubled development - Report

Lack of clear direction, changes in leadership, and redesigns contributed to repeated delays

By Jeffrey Rousseau

Ubisoft wins lawsuit against DDoS attack operation

Group ordered to cease operations and hand any associated domains over to the company

By Danielle Partis

Latest comments (3)

Josef Brett Animator 11 years ago
I wish Clint Hocking luck in whatever his future plans are. I haven't always enjoyed the games he's worked on - but his blog and general attitude towards the industry has always been insightful and informative.

Good luck!
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator 11 years ago
Can't say I'm a fan of those games but I admire Hockings mentality towards his creative skills, good luck.
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply
Walt Pretorius Publisher, 1337 Media cc11 years ago
I have enjoyed Clint's work, and managed to meet him when he was in South Africa for the Far Cry 2 launch. Really nice guy, great attitude, and lots of passion for his work. I wish him all the best for the future.
0Sign inorRegisterto rate and reply

Sign in to contribute

Need an account? Register now.