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Patrice Desilets Sues Ubisoft Montreal over Rights to Purchase 1666

by Ron Duwell | June 10, 2013June 10, 2013 9:30 pm PDT


Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets has followed up on his promise to take legal action against Ubisoft Montreal. The developer was recently fired from his post at the company and his video game, 1666: Amsterdam, had been suspended from production.

Desilets is seeking $400,000 from Ubisoft and is also petitioning for the right to purchase his game back from the company. The filing states that Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot “loved 1666: Amsterdam and wanted to conduct its development.” However, THQ’s agreement with Desilets’s creative freedom did not sit well with Ubisoft.

Ubisoft purchased THQ Montreal and all of its staff and projects back during the THQ auction in January. Desilets had quit Ubisoft after concluding Assassin’s Creed II and its following sub-series.

Ubisoft has reached out to GameInformer on the matter, stating:

As stated before, the acquisition of THQ Montréal in January allowed Ubisoft to welcome 170 experienced developers to our existing and renowned workforce. 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.

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