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Patrice Désilets Is Suing Ubisoft Over IP Rights

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Now during my time here you may have noticed that I have written some articles about Mr. Désilets, for example: here, here and here, well fortunately for me I get to write another one as Patrice Désilets is back in the news again.

This time according to Canadian Press Patrice is now suing Ubisoft for a total of $400,000 and the rights for his game 1666: Amsterdam.

Because my French is rather poor here is a nice description of the article from VG247: “Désilets’ contract with THQ specified that IP rights revert to him should the game become cancelled. Also in the filing, quotes attributed to Guillemot claim “the desperate” agreement between THQ and Désilets” provided “too much creative freedom” which would lead to Ubisoft having “difficulty controlling Désilets.”

This is apparently what Patrice Désilets is asking for:

  • 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)

I say good luck to him, he was very unlucky in the circumstances in which he had to return to Ubisoft and they seemingly screwed him out of his game which he had worked on for a year at THQ. By the sounds of it he has a strong case and hopefully it works out for him, if he wins I’m sure a new studio would pick him up and work on 1666 with him. Who wouldn’t? This guy was creative director of Assassin’s Creed 2!

On that note I should mention that we’ll probably get a good look at Assassin’s Creed 4 during this E3, it looks promising so far. Stay tuned tomorrow for coverage of everything that happens at E3.

I wonder if Patrice will be watching…

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