Patrice Desilets and Ubisoft have parted ways once again it would seem. The Assassin's Creed creator and veteran game designer has been fired, or left the studio following "good faith discussions", depending on who you believe.
Back in 2010, Desilets left Ubisoft to "take a creative break from the industry," before shacking up with THQ Montreal. Here he began work on two mysterious projects that were codenamed 1666 and Underdog. However, once THQ went bust, the Montreal studio was snapped up by Ubisoft, along with its projects under development, and Desilets found himself back where it all began.
Ubisoft issued a press statement yesterday suggesting that the two had struggled to "align" their respective creative visions. We have no idea what such waffling guff actually means (perhaps Desilets felt that milking a franchise year upon year was the creative equivalent of symbolically flogging a dead horse in stagnant water -- our words, not his), but you can read the full statement below:
"The acquisition of THQ Montréal in January allowed Ubisoft to welcome 170 experienced developers, including Patrice Désilets, to our existing and renowned workforce," an Ubisoft spokesperson told Polygon. "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."
Desilets' account is bit more angry than that. The designer claims he was fired and frogmarched out of the building without being able to bid his team farewell and has vowed to fight the company "vigorously".
"Contrary to any statements made earlier today, this morning I was terminated by Ubisoft," Desilets said. "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."
You know what this means. It's time for a handbags graphic...
We'll be sure to keep you up to date on this as new info emerges.