Assassin's Creed creator claims he was fired

[UPDATE] Patrice Desilets says Ubisoft terminated his position today and did not allow him to collect personal belongings.

[UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, Desilets told Polygon that he was fired and claims Ubisoft's actions are "baseless and without merit."

"Contrary to any statements made earlier today, this morning I was terminated by Ubisoft," Desilets told Polygon. "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," he added. "Ubisoft's actions are baseless and without merit. I intend to fight Ubisoft vigorously for my rights, for my team and for my game."

The original story follows below

Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets has left Ubisoft for the second time in three years, a company spokesperson has confirmed with Kotaku.

Desilets originally left Ubisoft in 2010 to head up THQ Montreal and work on an all-new franchise. When THQ went belly-up, Ubisoft purchased the studio and its games.

Despite some initial uncertainty, the publisher at the time expected Desilets to stay on board.

That has now changed.

"The acquisition of THQ Montréal in January allowed Ubisoft to welcome 170 experienced developers, including Patrice Désilets, to our existing and renowned workforce," a Ubisoft representative told Kotaku in a statement.

"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," the statement goes on. "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."

As part of Ubisoft's $2.5 million wholesale purchase of THQ Montreal, it also picked up the studio's in-development games, codenamed Underdog and 1666.

Sources have told the GameStop-owned Game Informer magazine that these projects may have been canceled altogether.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

456 comments
Evil_Rage
Evil_Rage

This kind of crap is why I prefer being a casual modder, like with the GECK for Fallout3/New Vegas or the upcoming Redkit for Witcher 2 which is gonna be awesome. 

I once wanted to become a game programmer/designer but this isn't worth it. You make a successful series, suits want to run the series into the ground and demand yearly releases, you want to work on a new series or take the current one in a new direction, the suits won't have it and you end up terminated.  Everything you worked on, all your game assets, code, all your ideas, everything that you spent years making, are all taken from you in an instant, and its entirely their property now,  and they will continue running the game you came up with entire idea for, into the ground until they are forced to come up with a new IP because Assassin Creed 10 isn't going to make any money.



LtReviews
LtReviews

Why is this so much like ending a relationship?

Each side wants to be the one to say they broke up with the other...

kvan33
kvan33

Kinda funny story.  Guy leaves company for new company.   New company goes bankrupt.  Old company buys new company and sh*t-cans guy.   That's some expensive revenge!

C-THREE
C-THREE

Shades of Infinity Ward. Company decides to do a annual release of a franchise and the creator(s) end up out of the picture.

ardent163
ardent163

To all game devs out there please stop working with these publishers....  Is it really worth handing over your work to someone that doesn't even make, and often times PLAY video games?

focuspuller
focuspuller

Not only created AC but came up with the idea for it from the ground up. Releasing him like this is BS.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

Yeah! Boycott Ubisoft because they fired this guy I've never heard of, nor cared about, for potentially legitimate reasons that have yet to be mentioned! How dare they keep selling us sequels to games that we ask for? Those dastardly fiends will pay!

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

Don't worry about it dude, they will continue to milk the same IP when all their other games are lack-luster at best while you may move on to greener pastures and work for someone who appreciates you. Just don't go to EA.

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

Ubisoft has finally gotten too big for their britches. Fortunately with the label of Creator of Assassins Creed, I have no doubt he will have no trouble finding a job in the industry. However Shame of Ubisoft.

cxmg
cxmg

I always hated Ubisoft games the always were boring but no offence Assassins Creed Was an Amazing game assassin creed 3,brotherhood,revelations,bloodlines,1,2 e.t.c

I hope he gets a better position Ubisoft dont deserve him >:o

badman11226
badman11226

Damn that is CCCCCCCCCOOOOOOLLLDDDDDDDDDBLOOOODEDDDD!!!!!

Zeeksie
Zeeksie

Well fuck, that escalated quickly.

Ricard350
Ricard350

I always boycotted ubisoft product, I always found the company mediocre....  This simply adds up....


Kitmas
Kitmas

I bet it was the beard. Can't have hobos like that working in your nice office.

Downloadpilot
Downloadpilot

Damn, escourted by guards and everything? They didn't have to do him like that!

Pewbert
Pewbert

I wonder if Patrice caused a bit of a problem for Ubisoft when he left them the first time around. This might have been a revenge thing!

Conscrumptured
Conscrumptured

It's sad, too, because Patrice has wonderful taste and an excellent mind for his work. I hope he finds a better position elsewhere because Ubisoft doesn't deserve him.

DarthLod
DarthLod

He was probably fired because he didn't want to milk the franchise to death like Ubisoft has done.

vadagar1
vadagar1

there is more to this than meets the eye..... some powerful power hunger evil SOB is behind this... I sense the dark side steering...when bad shit happens you bet your ass there is an asshole behind it all

vadagar1
vadagar1

wow, its like they took his baby away from him, the corporate world is worst than Hades

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

There's way more to this than whats being said. 

Johny_47
Johny_47

Maybe because he was starting to dish out Assassins Creed games like Activision do with Crap of duty.

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

Well that just sucks, fire the guy if you like but let him grab his stuff and say goodbye to his collegues, damn.

LE5LO
LE5LO

So once they've finished copying EVERYTHING he left behind, they'll return his belongings with all that stuff removed. I'd expect nothing less. 

This is a good reminder to leave personal belongings outside the workplace, even passwords can be unlocked these days with stuff like Ophcrack. -_-

simomate
simomate

@Evil_Rage Why not become an indie developer? You don't need to work for the "big ones" that you are talking about.

Henrique2324
Henrique2324

@Evil_Rage It's not like becoming a game progammer/designer means you'll be the head of your game, being yelled at by publishers to do such things. Indie/Kickstarter development is absolutely free of this, and that's the area most newbie game developers choose.

mattress805
mattress805

They were poorly managed and poorly run; simple as that; at least in THQ's case.

cursealoud
cursealoud

@focuspuller Do you f*ckin' know him personally? How do you know it's BS? How do you know what he's done or the reasons they have for releasing him? How do you not know if he was a cancer in the company? How do you not know if his efforts for the better of the company was all there considering he left for another company only for it to go belly up and forced to come back to the company he left to begin with? STFU if you dont know sh*t


RavageCobra
RavageCobra

@jerusaelem Dude, HE CREATED ASSASSIN'S CREED if you couldn't read the article. If this guy didn't exist, neither would AC. So that makes him SORT IMPORTANT to the series, not that I care for AC or anything, I'm just saying he's the reason the series exists :P

cursealoud
cursealoud

@Downloadpilot Not only is that COMPANY POLICY, but how do you know what he did? How do you know he wasn't bad mouthing the company he was forced to return to or creating an uncomfortable work environment? If you don't work there and know him personally STFU. Who cares what game a created. He left the company on his own free will in 2010 and you defend this dude because he got fired after his company goes bankrupt. Grow the f-ck up

cursealoud
cursealoud

@vadagar1 How did they take it away from him when he left UbiSoft for THQ in 2010? Please explain....

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

@vadagar1 By comparison, Hades is riding a cloud of candy down a rainbow. Corporations are bloodsucking abominations.

DevilD2005
DevilD2005

@Johny_47 
That would be Ubisofts decision. The company tends to build a model of how they want the next game releases to go, and then, if on a yearly franchise build, they milk the labors of their workers to no unless the developers take the lazy approach.

longestsprout
longestsprout

@Johny_47 

I don't know if you're serious or just misinformed. Patrice left ubisoft a short while after the completion of AC 2, he wasn't around for most of the monetization of the franchise.

jerusaelem
jerusaelem

@RavageCobra @jerusaelem And George Lucas created Star Wars AND Indiana Jones and look what happen when HIS ass stuck around. Ewoks, Jar jar Binks, and crystal f'ing alien skulls. I wouldn't be surprised if Disney put a 500 yard restraining order on his ass at this point. If Ubi had had the foresight to do the same after THQ folded, we wouldn't even be having this discussion :P

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

@jerusaelem @RavageCobra Damn jerulaelem... that's a devastating point...

RavageCobra
RavageCobra

@jerusaelem @RavageCobra My point was that he was important because he created the series, you said you've "never heard of him." His place is in the article title, so I'm assuming you're blind :P

Jar Jar and the Crystal Skull was indeed stupid, but what the hell do you have against Ewoks? D: