Ubisoft Fires Assassin's Creed Creator

Ubisoft Fires Assassin's Creed Creator

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Patrice Desilets claims he was fired by Ubisoft, only a few months after coming back to the company following previous employer THQ's collapse.

Welcoming Patrice Desilets back into the Ubisoft family after his previous employer THQ's spectacular collapse was a show of compassion for the man who created the first two Assassin's Creed games, spawning a franchise that would go on to make billions of dollars for the company. But, turning around and firing the guy, telling everyone he left of his own accord, is a pretty big jerk move and shows that Ubisoft's compassion only runs skin deep.

When THQ went under, Ubisoft purchased the studio that Desilets was leading, as well as the game they were working on - something called 1666. "Unfortunately, since the acquisition [of THQ Montreal], the good faith discussions between Patrice and Ubisoft aimed at aligning Patrice's and the studio's visions have been inconclusive," reads a statement by Ubisoft. "As a result, Patrice has left the studio. Our priorities remain with the teams already hard at work on projects in development."

But Desilets tells a different story, claiming that "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," 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." As for 1666, Ubisoft have been pretty tight-liped about what they plan to do with it, and details of the game itself have been pretty sparse. Could it be another alternate history action game? A historically accurate simulator? A game starring the dyslexic devil? We'll have to wait to see if Desilets can wrangle the rights away from Ubisoft's clutches to find out.

Source: Rock Paper Shotgun

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That's a dog act, what did he do? Steal from them?

to ubisoft:

Pretty much my reaction to them right now... What could they gain from this? Nothing but hate, I say.

What are your views, guys and gals?

Here's an interesting comment I found on RPS...

... So his game he was making for THQ was called 1666. Which was a golden year for piracy in the Antilles, not to mention the year of the Great London Fire and the year the Great Plague both peaked and ended. Piracy, huh? Not unlike Ubi's newest AssCreed title. THQ filed for bankruptcy in December of last year, and in January of this year UbiSoft bought the branch of THQ that Patrice worked for, THQ Montreal. In February of this year, UbiSoft announced AssCreed 4 and started sending out all the piracy-themed hints. Now Patrice's been fired, according to UbiSoft for what amount to irreconcilable differences.

Possibly a coincidence.

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Sounds like there is a lot more to this story than whats being said, you don't just have an employee escorted away by security and say they left by their own accord. Wonder if anyone at Ubi is going to clarify as to what really went on here.

InvaderTim:
Sounds like there is a lot more to this story than whats being said, you don't just have an employee escorted away by security and say they left by their own accord. Wonder if anyone at Ubi is going to clarify as to what really went on here.

Most Inhouse employees, when fired, will be escorted out by security in order to protect company secrets. Way too easy to take a few files out on a flashdrive.

Gabe Yaden:

InvaderTim:
Sounds like there is a lot more to this story than whats being said, you don't just have an employee escorted away by security and say they left by their own accord. Wonder if anyone at Ubi is going to clarify as to what really went on here.

Most Inhouse employees, when fired, will be escorted out by security in order to protect company secrets. Way too easy to take a few files out on a flashdrive.

This, escorting him off the premises wasn't a dick move. Whatever came before then may have been but in any industry with secrets, IP or tech laying around its common to be escorted off the premises.

My last place of employment did it no matter how amicable the parting of ways and they had to be searched as they left too (everyone was searched leaving).

Well they fired him after making them a new franchise, only to grind all the interesting aspects of that franchise into the ground immediately after, so this does not surprise me in the least.

Damn Ubisoft. It seems that the guy was no longer needed right? I mean is not like he created a franchise that you have been milking for the last 5 years and is not like you said "very pleased to welcome Patrice to Ubisoft again".

Anyway I think there is more to this story and I would like to hear it.

This is a pretty common thing, you either go along with the direction of the new company or you are out on your ass.

Unfortunately, since the acquisition [of THQ Montreal], the good faith discussions between Patrice and Ubisoft aimed at aligning Patrice's and the studio's visions have been inconclusive

So basically, they either wanted to tear 1666 apart and make it dissapear of the face of the earth or take all the good parts and putting them in AC4. This guy wouldn't let them and they sacked him.

What a bunch of assholes. If this is indeed the story then I hope karma comes around and kicks their teeth out for this.

Raiyan 1.0:
Here's an interesting comment I found on RPS...

... So his game he was making for THQ was called 1666. Which was a golden year for piracy in the Antilles, not to mention the year of the Great London Fire and the year the Great Plague both peaked and ended. Piracy, huh? Not unlike Ubi's newest AssCreed title. THQ filed for bankruptcy in December of last year, and in January of this year UbiSoft bought the branch of THQ that Patrice worked for, THQ Montreal. In February of this year, UbiSoft announced AssCreed 4 and started sending out all the piracy-themed hints. Now Patrice's been fired, according to UbiSoft for what amount to irreconcilable differences.

Possibly a coincidence.

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Yeah that all really sounds shady. There's definitely more to this story.

Really don't know if we will ever hear the entire story, but the conclusion the current information is pointing to sounds like Ubisoft is being rather unscrupulous and this has nothing to do with him being escorted out of the building. Well, he could always give kickstarter a shot: I'm sure he'll get support for whatever he chooses to make even if Ubisoft pulled the rug out from under him.

Also, this might explain why I enjoyed the first AC and none of the others...

Makes me happy I haven't bought a Ubisoft game in years.

I wonder if they saw EA winning all these accolades for being a shit company and got jealous.

Evil Smurf:
That's a dog act, what did he do? Steal from them?

He refused to make annual iterations of his new project, I bet.

Nowhere Man:

Raiyan 1.0:
Here's an interesting comment I found on RPS...

... So his game he was making for THQ was called 1666. Which was a golden year for piracy in the Antilles, not to mention the year of the Great London Fire and the year the Great Plague both peaked and ended. Piracy, huh? Not unlike Ubi's newest AssCreed title. THQ filed for bankruptcy in December of last year, and in January of this year UbiSoft bought the branch of THQ that Patrice worked for, THQ Montreal. In February of this year, UbiSoft announced AssCreed 4 and started sending out all the piracy-themed hints. Now Patrice's been fired, according to UbiSoft for what amount to irreconcilable differences.

Possibly a coincidence.

Source

Yeah that all really sounds shady. There's definitely more to this story.

Zachary Amaranth:

Evil Smurf:
That's a dog act, what did he do? Steal from them?

He refused to make annual iterations of his new project, I bet.

More specifically he probably refused to make a pirate version of his old project.

Anyway, that's one less pay check to worry about and more money for management.

Evil Smurf:
That's a dog act, what did he do? Steal from them?

He quit the company after I think AC: Brotherhood. Now that he was bought out, they fired him for a betrayal of "loyalty", I'm guessing.

CharrHearted:
to ubisoft:

Pretty much my reaction to them right now... What could they gain from this? Nothing but hate, I say.

What are your views, guys and gals?

given that the guy technically implanted them with a money-shitting intestine
he basically would have to do something real fierce to them for ubi to fire him

well, this is suspicious.

Guy likely didn't want to make a new assassins creed game every year.

As if I was buying from Ubisoft anyway. This just further cements my resolve

Maybe Ubisoft is run by Abstergo and they just found out he is an Assassin?

Huh. Maybe this helps to explain why I feel that AC1 and AC2 are better games than the rest in the series.
*brews up some crackpot theory*

I really don't get it--if Ubi fired him for stupid selfish business reasons, it seems like they would make it look like he had done something wrong, not that he left of his own accord. They would have had to have known that if they fired someone and told everybody he left, he would tell people what really happened.

It could be a wounded gazelle gambit. Maybe Desilets does something he wasn't supposed to, gets fired, and works out a deal such that it will look like he quit, to make it easier to get a new job. Then after the fact, he tells everybody that Ubi did it for no good reason and without warning.

Of course, I don't know anything about this sort of thing at all, so ignore me if i'm not making sense. Plus we barely have any information at all, at this point.

DVS BSTrD:

Nowhere Man:

Raiyan 1.0:
Here's an interesting comment I found on RPS...

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Yeah that all really sounds shady. There's definitely more to this story.

Zachary Amaranth:

Evil Smurf:
That's a dog act, what did he do? Steal from them?

He refused to make annual iterations of his new project, I bet.

More specifically he probably refused to make a pirate version of his old project.

Anyway, that's one less pay check to worry about and more money for management.

i think it was pirate before asscream assassins creed 4 was pirate
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teh_Canape:

CharrHearted:
to ubisoft:

Pretty much my reaction to them right now... What could they gain from this? Nothing but hate, I say.

What are your views, guys and gals?

given that the guy technically implanted them with a money-shitting intestine
he basically would have to do something real fierce to them for ubi to fire him

Not necessarily. The game industry is an environment where people are easily and quickly replaced. No matter how tallented or experienced someone is there is always plenty of fresh out of college kids willing to do just about anything to work in the industry. As a result there are plenty of game companies out there, ubisoft included I'm sure, that don't hesitate to fire someone for any reason that just happens to pop into their heads at the moment or take a "what have you done for me lately?" mentality.

From the wording of Desilets' comments I'm guessing ubisoft either wanted to pick apart his project to use elements of it in AC or wanted to scrap it all together, having only bought it so other publishers couldn't work with it, and he fought them on it. since he was probably already on the outs with them from having left previously ubisoft wasn't inclined to let it slide. Just my theory.

So you get rid of the man who created one of your most profitable series, milk his dream and his vision and fuck him over. Looks like Jaffe isn't the only one who got fucked over.

Ubisoft then announced that they would add always connected requirements to 1666 due to user demand, and that sub-yearly installments 1667, 1668, 1668: Renaissance Harder, 1669, and 1670 were now in production.

He used a PC. Obviously he is a thief and his contract had to be terminated.

Akratus:
Well they fired him after making them a new franchise, only to grind all the interesting aspects of that franchise into the ground immediately after, so this does not surprise me in the least.

True or not, that's kind of the way I'd like to see this. That franchise you helped create? It's our cash cow now, so we'll be doing annual releases from now on.

So, when did they start work on Assassins Creed 5? If the current pattern is still being followed, I'm guessing halfway through 2012 or thenabouts.

Well it looks like a simple case of disagreement between him and Ubisoft. And if he is going to kick up a fuss whenever Ubisoft tries to force their own input into their own intellectual property then Ubisoft obviously don't want the trouble of having him around.

I bet if he had kept his mouth shut and did everything his employers told him to then he would still have a job.

Dammit Ubisoft, you were winning me back with Far Cry 3....why did you have to sabatoge our relationship?

CardinalPiggles:
Well it looks like a simple case of disagreement between him and Ubisoft. And if he is going to kick up a fuss whenever Ubisoft tries to force their own input into their own intellectual property then Ubisoft obviously don't want the trouble of having him around.

I bet if he had kept his mouth shut and did everything his employers told him to then he would still have a job.

If everyone shut up and did as they were told nothing would change. Ever

McFazzer:

CardinalPiggles:
Well it looks like a simple case of disagreement between him and Ubisoft. And if he is going to kick up a fuss whenever Ubisoft tries to force their own input into their own intellectual property then Ubisoft obviously don't want the trouble of having him around.

I bet if he had kept his mouth shut and did everything his employers told him to then he would still have a job.

If everyone shut up and did as they were told nothing would change. Ever

I'm not saying he should never try to disagree with anyone, I do plenty of that with my boss. The point I'm trying to make is that he still needs to respect (or at least pretend to respect) his employers.

My former colleges would constantly whine and moan and argue and my manager gets sick of it after a while and fires them.

 

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