Ubisoft fires another Assassin's Creed producer - Report

Patrice Desilets claims producer Jean-François Boivin also let go this week.


It appears that Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets did not leave Ubisoft alone yesterday. The developer claimed on Twitter today (via Polygon) that Ubisoft also fired Assassin's Creed producer and co-worker at THQ Montreal Jean-François Boivin.

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"Thinking of my good friend and producer @JFBoivin who also got fired yesterday," Desilets wrote. "I'm sharing your support with him…"

According to his LinkedIn page, Boivin joined Ubisoft in 2005, when he served as project manager for Star Wars Lethal Alliance and Splinter Cell Essentials. In May 2006, he became a production manager at Ubisoft, overseeing development on Assassin's Creed and its sequel.

In 2009, Boivin shifted to an associate producer role at Ubisoft, where he managed and led a multidisciplinary team and shipped Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. He left Ubisoft in 2010 to begin work at THQ Montreal on an all-new IP.

Ubisoft purchased this studio and its games during the THQ bankruptcy auction for $2.5 million. Desilets claimed yesterday that Ubisoft fired him without merit. In a statement sent to media, he alleged wrongdoing on the part of Ubisoft and said he plans to fight back.

"Contrary to any statements made earlier today, this morning I was terminated by Ubisoft," Desilets said at the time. "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."

An Ubisoft representative was not immediately available to comment.

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