Jeffrey Yohalem

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Jeffrey Yohalem
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Born 1982/1983
United States
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Writer, director
Years active 2006–present

Jeffrey Yohalem (born 1982/1983)[1] 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.[2][3] His most recent published project is Assassin's Creed Syndicate, released in October 2015.

In the past, he filmed and directed the documentary Human Eaters,[4] and was an intern at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.[2]

Jeffrey has won a Writers Guild of America Award for his work as lead writer of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.[5] He was also nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award[6] and a BAFTA Games Award for his work on Assassin's Creed II.[7] He accepted a BAFTA Games Award for Far Cry 3 in 2013.[8]

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.[9] 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."[10]


  1. ^ Kelber, Micah (May 18, 2011). "From 'Chip 'n Dale' to 'Assassin's Creed'". The Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "'Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood' Writer Explains Story's Secret Meaning". December 12, 2010. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  3. ^ Wawro, Alex (April 8, 2014). "Q&A: Smaller is better for Child of Light". Gamasutra. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Jeffrey Yohalem". Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  5. ^ "'Inception,' 'Social Network' Win Top WGA Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. February 5, 2011. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  6. ^ "2010 WGA Videogame Writing Nominees Announced". Archived from the original on April 26, 2014. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  7. ^ "BAFTA Awards – 2010". Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  8. ^ "2013 Games Action". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ Hiird, Mike (December 25, 2015). "Being gay in the world of gaming – writer Jeffrey Yohalem talks Child of Light". Gay Times. Retrieved December 1, 2017. 
  10. ^ McCasker, Toby (August 20, 2014). "Up Late With Far Cry 3's Writer Jeffrey Yohalem". IGN. Retrieved 1 December 2017.