Assassin’s Creed Creator Sues Ubisoft
I always love hearing about Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Désilets and his on-going feud with the studio he used to work for, Ubisoft. I mean, the man willingly left the studio years ago after some creative differences, only to be hauled back when THQ went under and then fired a few weeks later. Now he’s out of a job, Ubisoft have his latest title, but best of all, he wants it back.
And it seems like he’s willing to fight for what he thinks is fair, as Désilets has now filed a lawsuit against his former employees. The fling states that Désilets is suing Ubisoft for $400,000 and the rights to purchase 1666, the title that has now effectively been stolen from him. The issue apparently stems from a deal made over at THQ, where Désilets was given full control of the new title. Upon the move to Ubisoft, this control was apparently revoked, leading to a second fallout and his subsequent dismissal.
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Ubisoft have confirmed that they have received the lawsuit, and are currently weighing their options.
“As stated before, the acquisition of THQ Montréal in January allowed Ubisoft to welcome 170 experienced developers to our existing and renowned workforce. Unfortunately, the discussions between Patrice Désilets and Ubisoft aimed at aligning Patrice’s and the studio’s visions were inconclusive. We received Patrice’s legal request and we will take the time needed to evaluate our options. We will make no further comment at this point.”
Last month Désilets claimed that Ubisoft had fired him without merit, but it seems like the plan this entire time was just to take control of whatever Désilets has been working on for quite some time now. Pretty sinister if you ask me.
Will Désilets manage to win against one of the biggest publishers in the world today? I’m not entirely sure, but I damn well respect the man for taking them on.