Patrice Desilets, who is best known for creating the ‘Assassin’s Creed’ franchise, has been let-go from Ubisoft according to several public statements made earlier today.
Ubisoft first broke the news earlier stating:
The acquisition of THQ Montréal in January allowed Ubisoft to welcome 170 experienced developers, including Patrice Désilets, 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 Montréal’s past and future successes.
While initial reports speculated on the exact explanation behind Desilets leaving Ubisoft, the Assassin’s Creed creator later released a statement explaining that not only was he fired, but that he intends “to fight Ubisoft vigorously” for his rights:
Contrary to any statements made earlier today, this morning I was terminated by Ubisoft,” Desilets said. “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.
Desilets had originally worked for Ubisoft before moving to THQ back in 2010, but the company has since acquired THQ after the studio recently went bankrupt and sold off their various assets.