Yesterday we covered news on the recent firing at Ubisofts Montreal studio, Patrice Désilets was, in his own words “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”. It all seems very extreme over at the Canadian studio, but it’s been kept on the down low by Ubisoft, they’ve appeared to play it down as much as possible.
Recently though new information has come to light, with another Ubisoft employee suffering the same fate as Désilets, Jean-François Boivin a producer who like Patrice has been part of the team since 2007’s Assassin’s Creed. Again he took part in the sequel – Assassin’s Creed II as well as Brotherhood (all the way to the end) and in the following year from Désilets leaving so did Boivin also going to THQ
As we already know THQ Montreal was bought by Ubisoft so when Patrice came back to the studio, so did Jean-François. No statement has been given by Ubisoft as of yet on the situation concerning Jean-François, so we will have to wait and see if there was a reason for this firing.
The above tweet from Patrice Désilets went up at 9:53am yesterday (8th), there was no recognition from Boivin, but it would be less than likely as he hasn’t tweeted since November 2011. The pair played a massive role in the creation of Assassin’s Creed back in 2007, and you wouldn’t be wrong when saying without them the game may never of happened or may not be the franchise that many know and love today.
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