Ubisoft, Desilets to Settle Differences in Court
Patrice Désilets, the man behind the original Assassin's Creed and the in-development 1666: Amsterdam, was reportedly unceremoniously shown the door at the former THQ Montreal studio after it was acquired by Ubisoft. Now he's seeking not just retribution for his firing, but also to get the rights to his game back from the publisher.
According to Game Informer, Désilets is seeking $400,000 from Ubisoft and the rights to purchase 1666 back. The lawsuit filing reportedly includes reasoning behind the fallout stemming form an unwillingness on Ubisoft's part to grant Désilets the same creative freedom he had when working at the now defunct THQ.
Ubisoft has since responded, stating it will go to court with Désilets. "As stated before, the acquisition of THQ Montréal in January allowed Ubisoft to welcome 170 experienced developers to our existing and renowned workforce," the publisher said in a statement to Game Informer. "Unfortunately, the discussions between Patrice Désilets and Ubisoft aimed at aligning Patrice’s and the studio’s visions were inconclusive. We received Patrice’s legal request and will address it in court. We will make no further comment at this point."
Ubi would no doubt love to not have this kind of drama just as E3 is about to kick off, but if the Infinity Ward/Activision law suit is any indication, it could be some time until this matter reaches any kind of resolution.