Neoseeker : News : Ubisoft fires Assassin's Creed game designer and creator Patrice Desilets, making this the second time
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Storm May 7, 13
"...escorted out of the building by two guards without being able to say goodbye to my team or collect my personal belongings."

That right there...no respect, no showmanship, no professionalism. That's no way to treat an employee who's given you a gold mine, or hell, who did their job well. Heartless, Ubisoft, really.
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Exevier May 7, 13
Escorted out of the building on the spot by guards? Damn. That's a bit harsh. You'd think they would want to keep around someone who helped launch one of their most successful franchises, or at least treat him with a modest level of respect.

Edit: Looks like Storm had the same idea while I was reading.
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bbb7002004 May 7, 13
Just remember that we don't know any of these people personally and have no idea what actually goes on in these studios.
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Storm May 7, 13
It just seems like bad blood to me. Not knowing them personally or not, the man worked on two Assassin Creed games. With that time frame, and the move to a THQ company, everything seemed to ease off. Years later, and he's approached and fired? I'd think that with Ubisoft taking up this former THQ studio, Desilets wouldn't want to cause any commotion. I mean, job is on the line, and you'd be in rather hot water to be under your former employers again. I'm not seeing any positives to Ubisoft's side here.
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Slash May 7, 13
They bought THQ Montréal just to fire him again.
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Yay4sean May 7, 13
So this is the guy that made the actually good Assassin's Creed games? Best fire him ASAP! Sometimes, Ubisoft... Sometimes...

Also, everything seems to be without merit nowadays...
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blaze drago May 7, 13
So that's why the first two games were amazing and didn't have the unnecessary multiplayer
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FeintBlaze May 7, 13
This guy looks like Leonardo da Vinci in the game.
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Stitch May 7, 13
It's like Firing Hideo Kojima from Konami.
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canderson May 7, 13
Wow, that's absolutely unprofessional on Ubisoft's part, getting rid of the guy who played a role in creating a successful franchise.
I really hope it comes back to bite them later.
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Whitefalcon May 7, 13
Huh, I thought Patrice left Ubi (on both occasions) but judging from his comment I have a hard time having any sympathy for Ubi. That kind of treatment is completely unacceptable, especially given that Patrice was one of the driving forces behind the original ACs.
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tekmosis May 7, 13
quote Storm
"...escorted out of the building by two guards without being able to say goodbye to my team or collect my personal belongings."

That right there...no respect, no showmanship, no professionalism. That's no way to treat an employee who's given you a gold mine, or hell, who did their job well. Heartless, Ubisoft, really.
Actually, it's a liability. If the guy decided to go ape shit and destroy stuff (wipe his PC hard drive, etc). In a large company like this, it's pretty much the norm. I don't know why he's getting so bent out of shape about it. The premises are private property, he no longer works there so he's lost all privileges, you can't just let him go off on his own to say bye to his co-workers.

He'll be allowed to go back within the next day or so to pick up his belongings. Although, I don't know why they didn't just let him get them right then and there. Usually when you're given your pink slip you're escorted back to your desk and you're watched while you pack up. Maybe he was confrontational so they decided to give him a day or so to cool off before he can get his stuff.

All in all, it seems like the guy is trying to play the victim card. It's unprofessional and tasteless to cry foul about your termination to the public, more so to the press. If I was another company I would be leery of hiring him.
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Exevier May 7, 13
tekmosis I definitely agree that it seems like there was probably some poor handling on both sides of the issue. My take on it is that Desilets was probably keeping quiet until he saw Ubisoft's statement that their visions simply didn't align, so he left of his own accord. My guess is that pushed him to make a statement that this was not his decision.

Again, who really knows. It sounds like he probably did something to warrant a somewhat heated response, but I definitely feel like Ubisoft handled this poorly.
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Yay4sean May 7, 13
tekmosis
But it's Ubisoft.
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