Former Assassin's Creed Creative Director Patrice Desilets Leaves Ubisoft
Desilets Claims He Was Fired
Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 12:37
Patrice Desilets, best known for being the creative director of the first three Assassin’s Creed games, has left Ubisoft for a second time according to Kotaku. Désilets first left Ubisoft in June 2010 and later joined THQ Montreal. But when THQ went bankrupt, Ubisoft acquired THQ Montreal and all its employees, including Desilets.
"The acquisition of THQ Montreal in January allowed Ubisoft to welcome 170 experienced developers, including Patrice Desilets, to our existing and renowned workforce. 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 Montreal’s past and future successes."
However, Desilets painted a different picture for Polygon.
"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. Ubisoft’s actions are baseless and without merit. I intend to fight Ubisoft vigorously for my rights, for my team and for my game."
Two very different stories. Who is telling the truth? We’ll be sure to update you when we learn more.
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