Assassin’s Creed Creator Fired From Ubisoft…Again
Patrice Désilets is somewhat of a gaming martyr. He was one of the minds behind the Assassin’s Creed franchise when it was still good, working on the original title and the subsequent Assassin’s Creed II. After that, Désilets left Ubisoft for THQ Montreal, and the Assassin’s Creed franchise took a massive nosedive. It shouldn’t come as a surprise then to find out that Désilets left over creative differences concerning the future of the franchise.
A few months ago, when THQ took a nosedive of their own and shut down, Ubisoft bought some of the development studios, most notably rehiring Désilets after acquiring THQ Montreal. People anxious waited to see if he would in fact stay at Ubisoft and hopefully restore the Assassin’s Creed franchise to its former glory. That dream has only lasted a few months though, as Ubisoft have now fired Désilets.
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Initial reports suggested that Patrice left the publisher on his own terms, but shortly afterwards he took to social media to address how Ubisoft fired him with immediate effect, with their reasons apparently “baseless and without merit.”
“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.”
Previous reports from Ubisoft suggested that the publisher and Désilets had fallout over visions for future titles once again. It would be interesting to hear exactly what ideas Désilets has that Ubisoft simply refuses to use, but hopefully he finds a home at a new studio with a bit more creative freedom.
Or maybe Ubisoft will try hire him again in the next year or so, who the hell knows what they’re up to.