Creator of Assassin’s Creed Patrice Desilets has been fired from Ubisoft and intends to fight his former employer “vigorously.”
“Contrary to any statements made earlier today, this morning I was terminated by Ubisoft,” Desilets told Polygon. “I was notified of this termination in person, handed a termination notice and was unceremoniously escorted out of the building by two guards without being able to say goodbye to my team or collect my personal belongings.
“This was not my decision. Ubisoft’s actions are baseless and without merit. I intend to fight Ubisoft vigorously for my rights, for my team and for my game.”
Ubisoft’s statements from earlier today offer a different take on Desilets departure, saying that Desilets and Ubisoft were no longer together after “good faith discussions.”
“The acquisition of THQ Montréal in January allowed Ubisoft to welcome 170 experienced developers, including Patrice Désilets, to our existing and renowned workforce,” a Ubisoft spokesperson told Polygon. “Unfortunately, since the acquisition, the good faith discussions between Patrice and Ubisoft aimed at aligning Patrice’s and the studio’s visions have been inconclusive. As a result, Patrice has left the studio. Our priorities remain with the teams already hard at work on projects in development. They are at the root of Ubisoft Montréal’s past and future successes.”
This is not the first time Desilets has left Ubisoft. In 2010, Desilets left and started working as THQ’s creative director in 2011. After THQ filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Ubisoft acquired THQ Montreal in a January auction and Desilets returned to work for Ubisoft.
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