Ubisoft is in for a nice lawsuit here. Asssassin’s Creed Creator, Patrice Désilets, has filed a lawsuit against his former employers Ubisoft for his firing back in May. He claims that his termination was without cause and is an unlawful termination.
The Assassin’s Creed creator is looking for a nice sum of cash too win this suit. Not an exact figure has been set, be yes it’s a nice whole figure suit. He is seeking payment for damages, unpaid salary and expenses, as well as a healthy severance which they did not give him. Of course, he is looking for the intellectual property rights to 1666, the shelved game he began with THQ Montreal, prior to the Ubisoft buyout. Documents have revealed in detail that Desilet’s account of the complicated events to his release were claiming representatives were abusive towards him.
Désilets and Ubisoft’s executives Yves Guilemot and Yannis Mallat could not reach an agreement over the rights to the shelved game because it was a desperate attempt in their belief, and that they gave him too much and Désilets wanted 100% control over the project. Désilets declined Ubisoft’s agreement and was released and terminated.
Now, the developer is demanding the following from his former employer:
- Total ownership of 1666.
- Salary, vacation, and expense payments through May 7, the day of his firing.
- Severance in the form of one year of Désilets’ salary.
- $25,000 for relocation and job searching.
- $5,000 in legal fees.
- $100,000 for “moral damages caused to [Désilets] reputation.
Ubisoft have denied all allegations that Désilets created the prototype of 1666 and had violated his contract with the company. Désilets has claimed it was delivered to their expectations. Ubisoft are expected to address Désilets in court rather then settling, you can read the court filing here.
This is an interesting turn of events for the Assassin’s Creed developer. For a series that had so much potential on it’s hands we could see it now turn to a dead end, unfortunately.