Ubisoft Kind-Of-Cancels Assassin Creed Producer's Mystery Game

Ubisoft Kind-Of-Cancels Assassin Creed Producer's Mystery Game

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Don't expect 1666 anytime soon, now that Patrice Desilets has been booted out of Ubisoft.

Before he was unceremoniously ejected from the company, Ubisoft's Patrice Desilets was working on a mysterious project by the name of 1666. Now that Desilets has been removed from the company, quite literally if you believe his account of his firing, 1666 has been "suspended for an undisclosed period of time."

So, why suspend the game rather than cancel it outright? Kotaku columnist Superannuation, believes that Ubisoft might be pulling some legal shenanigans to maintain control of the IP. Apparently, Desilets' contract specifies that, should 1666 be canceled, the IP rights revert back to him. By suspending the game instead of canceling it, Ubisoft retains the rights. Desilets is apparently pursuing legal options in order to take the IP back.

Desilets doesn't have the best relationship with his former employer. Despite designing the company's most successful IP, Assassin's Creed, Desilets jumped ship to THQ's Montreal Studio back in 2010. It was there that he began work on 1666. Unfortunately, THQ quite famously went tits up earlier this year, and its Montreal studio was acquired by, you guessed it, Ubisoft. The reunion didn't last long. After just three months at Ubisoft, Desilets left again, this time under less pleasant circumstances.

"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," said Ubisoft at the time. "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."

Desilets, however, spoke of a less peaceable breakup.

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.

Source: Kotaku


Man, if I was that guy, and the company I left acquired the company I was working for, I'd be totally hoarding every office hot cocoa packet and coffee creamer to sustain me through my impending unemployment.

Maybe they found out he's a PC gamer :P

That's their way of saying "we've sent it off to be investigated by top men", right?

Ubisoft: dick move of the year award

Fuck sake Ubisoft, why you gotta go be dicks, I liked you guys.

That is low even for Ubisoft. I hope Patrice Desilets is able to get his IP/game back from Ubisoft. I was looking forward to Watch Dog's but now I am going to cancel my pre-order for it. I refuse to support a company that tries to cheat someone out of their game.

DAMNIT! I was really looking forward to Black Flag! But this ordeal has sent me way too many red flags.

Seriously, this is just freaking horrible.

Wow, what dickheads. That's a new low, even for Ubisoft... What a bunch of jackasses. Just when I thought the company was fixing itself up a bit from being complete dicks, they come around and do this.. Well there goes that hope..

This seems kind of petty, but I guess that is how publishers roll. Hopefully he gets his project back and can keep working on it whatever it may be. Even if they aren't on the best of terms surely they recognise that his past work has made them a fuck-ton of cash, with the hundredth title coming out soon that will probably also rake in the dough.

Ugh, this seems pretty bad no matter who's being screwed. Either way, I just really hope that 1666 doesn't end up in development hell. That would be good for literally no-one.


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