Patrice Desilets, the creator of Assassin’s Creed, has parted company with Ubisoft for a second time.
The news is shrouded in an air of controversy, however, with the developer claiming that he was fired and frogmarched out of the building.
Contrary to any statements made earlier today, this morning I was terminated by Ubisoft,” he said in a statement to Kotaku.
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.”
What’s more interesting is that prior to Desilets’ allegations, Ubisoft had released its own statement painting a very different picture.
The acquisition of THQ Montreal in January allowed Ubisoft to welcome 170 experienced developers, including Patrice Desilets, to our existing and renowned workforce,” it said.
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 Montreal’s past and future successes.”