Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets can't seem to get along with Ubisoft. After being let go from the company once in the past, he's been fired again today. How did this happen, exactly? Well, Desilets had moved to THQ Montreal after his departure Ubi in 2010, but now the former THQ studio belongs to Ubisoft. As such, the publisher turned right around and re-fired the game designer.
Speaking to Kotaku, Ubisoft gave the following statement regarding Desilets:
“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.”
So despite his work designing the first two Assassin's Creed games, he's apparently still unwanted at Ubisoft. Desilets isn't exactly happy with this decision, obviously, and he plans to fight it all the way.
He issued the following statement after Ubisoft, calling their actions meritless:
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.