Assassin's Creed Designer Patrice Desilets says he was terminated from his position from Ubisoft
Earlier today it was learned that designer Patrice Desilets had left Ubisoft once again after parting from the company in 2010 before being snagged back. However, Desilets, who’s widely known for his work on the Assassin’s Creed series, sparked major controversy only a short time after as he explained that Ubisoft fired him and escorted him out of the building before he even had a chance to collect his personal items.
The original story that was first reported featured a quote directly from an Ubisoft representative to Kotaku that confirmed that Desilets had departed from the company, though it didn’t mention the circumstances of his exit:
“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 said in a statement to Kotaku this afternoon.
"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. 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.”
However, Desilets sent Kotaku a response statement that described his exit as a wrongful termination, and that he has plans to "fight Ubisoft vigorously."
“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.”
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