If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Earlier this year when THQ filed for bankruptcy and was forced to sell off all of its' assets Ubisoft picked up the studio then known as THQ Montreal. By purchasing THQ Montreal they had in fact re-hired famed creator of the Assassin's Creed franchise Patrice Desilets, who had left Ubisoft after Assassin's Creed II: Brotherhood. Many, myself included, were very ecstatic about this news because it meant the possibility of him working on Assassin's Creed again. Hoping that he would return the franchise to the point many felt it dipped into upon his departure. Unfortunately the news has broken today that Patrice has been let go from Ubisoft. The interesting part however is that both sides are telling different stories. Below are statements from both parties regarding the matter, with Desilets' statement coming out hours after Ubisoft's.
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.
The typical corporate handling of the matter, making it sound as if there was a mutual agreement. Until you hear Patrice Desilets' side of it.
Patrice Desilets' Statement
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.
Damn, Ubisoft wanted him out of there bad. As of right now we can only speculate on what might have occurred to warrant such a brisk and forceful move on Ubisoft's part. I think it can go without saying however that even if Desilets did something to piss off somebody above him at Ubisoft, having security escort him out of the building without letting him say goodbye or even collect his things is the ultimate, "Fuck you." Kotaku is saying that along with this news of his firing, they are being told by some people that the game Desilets and his team from THQ Montreal were working on, 1666, has been suspended. Maybe within there we can pick apart what happened. Patrice might have wanted to be given the chance to finish the game he was already working on, while Ubisoft most likely wanted to put him to work on Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Or maybe somebody at Ubisoft has been holding a grudge ever since his previous departure from the studio, and was just waiting for any excuse to fire him. Hopefully as the days go by we can learn more about what really happened.
What could have happened between Ubisoft and Desilets to merit such brash action? Could this mean anything about the state of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag? Will Desilets' game 1666 ever see the light of day? Leave some feedback in the comments section below.