Assassin’s Creed creator claims Ubisoft fired him, will “fight vigorously”

Patrice Desiliets

By on May 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

Patrice Desilets, the man who designed the first two Assassin’s Creed games which went on to make Ubisoft squillions, left the company a while back to go work at THQ. Then, THQ collapsed, and Ubisoft purchased the studio that Patrice was leading, as well as the game they were working on — something called 1666.

Today, however, it looks like the relationship between Desiliets and the company has soured.

“Unfortunately, since the acquisition (of THQ Montreal), the good faith discussions between Patrice and Ubisoft aimed at aligning Patrice’s and the studio’s visions have been inconclusive,” reads a statement by Ubisoft. “As a result, Patrice has left the studio. Our priorities remain with the teams already hard at work on projects in development.”

Patrice, however, tells a different story.

“Contrary to any statements made earlier today, this morning I was terminated by Ubisoft. 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,” he wrote. “Ubisoft’s actions are baseless and without merit. I intend to fight Ubisoft vigorously for my rights, for my team and for my game.”

Kotaku claims to have spoken to sources which indicate 1666 has been suspended. Ubisoft have yet to make any comment on the matter.

Source: Kotaku

9 comments (Leave your own)

I honestly don’t know who’s business practices are upsetting me more these days, EA or Ubisoft?

 

I think there is a lot of info still unknown about this story to know who (if anyone) is really in the wrong here.

 

Not much he can do if Ubisoft now own the IP, regardless of whether or not he came up with it.

Dick move by Ubisoft but hardly surprising.

 

Another victim of the THQ collapse. :(

Sounds like there was a reason for him leaving Ubisoft in the first place. Probably what happened was there were creative control issues where Patrice Desilets wouldn’t budge on his vision. It’s strange Ubisoft would treat him this way given he was responsible for reviving Prince of Persia with The Sands of Time and created Assassin’s Creed the annual money printing machine. Even if there was some risk in whatever he was doing Ubisoft would’ve given him the benefit of the doubt given his track record. :/

 

libbaz:
I honestly don’t know who’s business practices are upsetting me more these days, EA or Ubisoft?

You forgot Disney :D

 

RSOblivion,

Activision, Microsoft, Apple. OH GOD ITS ALL OF THEM.

 

First EA are about to destroy Star Wars with a NEW series/story (god knows why Disney let THEM) and now this? EA/Ubisoft gets rid of one of their most creative designers?

Screw being the worst company in USA, worst in the world right now.

 

mindsnare: Not much he can do if Ubisoft now own the IP, regardless of whether or not he came up with it.
Dick move by Ubisoft but hardly surprising.

This^

He, and presumably an entire team of people, created an extremely popular IP while working under contract for a AAA company (presumably they were hired for just that, since every game dev ever has been).

You don’t get to use a companies resources for a decade and then retain some magical rights to the IP, he didn’t make it in his garage and they sure as hell don’t owe him anything that isn’t stated in his contract (which is presumably up).

Maybe we don’t have the full story but so far i can’t see anything “omg ubi is bad” about this, it’s just a normal occurrence at any company… occasionally people get sacked.

People need to stop treating game devs like they’re unicorns or something, the majority of events that make people say things like “EA are the scum of the earth” are just standard business practice for ANY business.

 

RSOblivion,
Oh don’t get me started… only comfort here is that, for the time being at least, they’re allowing Marvel to operate with relative freedom.

elliotengi,
True, but Activision have been quite careful lately and kept their heads down (due for new PR nightmare soon tho), Microsoft have had their heads up the air for a year… they’re are confused with by the mobile scene, and Apple… seriously has anyone ever expected Apple to operate in a way that couldn’t be described as ‘evil’ lol?

 
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