|Alma mater||Yale University|
Jeffrey Yohalem (born 1982/1983) is an American director and writer. After graduating cum laude from Yale University with a degree in English literature, he joined the Ubisoft Montreal studio, working on the games Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 and Assassin's Creed II, before writing Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Far Cry 3 and Child of Light. His most recent published project is Assassin's Creed Syndicate, released in October 2015.
Jeffrey has won a Writers Guild of America Award for his work as lead writer of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. He was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award and a BAFTA Games Award for his work on Assassin's Creed II. He accepted a BAFTA Games Award for Far Cry 3 in 2013.
Jeffrey is openly gay, and has stated that "I grew up playing games as an escape from the bullies at school", which helped lead him to his current career path. Jeffrey's experience with his sexuality was part of what led him to include a male character being raped in Far Cry 3: "That was the director and me kind of saying, 'Listen, all of these female characters have been treated this way by video games, and we want to have a male character live that, we think it’s really important that the gender be flipped.' We wanted to make gamers uncomfortable. It was a challenge to the straight guys that beat me up when I was younger, and on some level the whole game can be seen as that, I think, definitely."
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