The creator of Assassin’s Creed, Patrice Désilets, is pursuing legal action against his former employer Ubisoft following his firing in May. Désilets claims in the court filing that he was fired “without Cause” from the company so he is now seeking payment for damages, a severance package as well as the intellectual property rights to 1666, the now suspended game which Ubisoft acquired in its purchase of THQ Montreal. Game Informer have retrieved the court documents which detail the complicated events leading up to Désilets firing.
Ubisoft executives Yves Guillemot and Yannis Mallat could not reach a satisfactory conclusion to discussions about reducing the amount of control Désilets had over the project. Ubisoft cite that the amount of power Désilets had was because they believed THQ to be “desperate”.
The court file includes for the following recompense:
- Reimbursement of all expenses through May 7, 2013 (totaling $35,000)
- Severance in the amount of $250,000
- Continuation of insurance through May 6, 2014
- Relocation and job search fees in the amount of $25,000
- Damages in the amount of $100,000 for misrepresenting the facts of the termination (Ubisoft stated that Désilets departed)
Ubisoft naturally denies these allegations and the only way 1666 gets back in the hands of Désilets is if Ubisoft opts to cancel 1666 as it currently is “suspended indefinitely”.