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Ubisoft 'indefinitely suspends' work on 1666


Ubisoft has placed a hold on Patrice Desilets' 1666, following the creative director's departure from the company.

Publisher Ubisoft recently bought out THQ's Montreal studio following the latter's demise. This mean't that former employee Desilets also came as part of the package, although it wasn't long before Desilets and Ubisoft parted ways.

"After more than two months of discussion with [Desilets], we couldn't align our vision both on project development and team management," Ubisoft boss Yves Guillemot said in a recent investors call (via Eurogamer).

"Consequently our collaboration has ended. We have suspended development on 1666 for an undisclosed time."

Desilets had previously stated in another interview that he "Was terminated by Ubisoft," adding "I was notified of this termination in person, 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."

Apparently Desilets' contract specifies that IP rights revert to him in event of the game's cancellation, however as a way of getting around this it's alleged that internet supersleuth, Superannuation, that the game has instead been indefinitely suspended, likely meaning that it'll never see the light of day.

Edited On 16 May, 2013

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troublemaker's avatar
troublemaker 4 years ago
Jesus! Ubi really don't like that guy do they? Hope he can get something good in the future.
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DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
He's planning to fight for the rights to his game though. Will be interesting to see what happens. He has to have pissed someone off. You don't go from lead designer on AC to getting kicked out of the company a few years later for no reason.
troublemaker's avatar
troublemaker 4 years ago
Twice!
Dead's avatar
Dead 4 years ago
This is exactly the sort of reason I don't like Ubisoft. Poor guy, he's made them buckets of cash and they treat him like this, it wouldn't surprise me if they bought THQ Montreal purely to screw him over, they certainly don't seem in any hurry to get the one game involved in the purchase, South Park, on to the market.
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0000000000 4 years ago
ubisoft bunch of ****s when it comes to things like this
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DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
Not knowing the inside of these things, you can't blame Ubisoft at all. I've had this sort of thing happen at my work, and if my company didn't take that route of marching them out of the office, it'd have just led to much bigger problems. I doubt they'd buy a multi-million pound office just to screw with a guy....
Dead's avatar
Dead 4 years ago
Why not, it's a sound investment as well as screwing the guy over, a win win for them.
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Pyroloveridge 4 years ago
So, I don't really have anything good to say on this subject directly.... however Ubisoft how about some South Park: The Stick of Truth news?
DynamiteWhyte's avatar
DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
It being a sound investment is a 100% reason to buy a company. Screwing a guy over isn't a reason, and I doubt they'd bother about wasting millions to have a go at a guy.
Dead's avatar
Dead 4 years ago
How would they be wasting millions?
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DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
If they had no interest in South Park, and are doing this 'purely to screw him over', that is wasting millions.
Dead's avatar
Dead 4 years ago
But they are releasing South Park, at some point supposedly, so not wasting millions, plus they get to screw him over, so win win.
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DynamiteWhyte 4 years ago
This isn't the Sims. They'll have bought the South Park game to sell it to make money. He won't have even been an afterthought.
Dead's avatar
Dead 4 years ago
And yet we get news on their apparent vendetta rather than any sign of a release date for South Park, a game that was reported to be complete and ready for release when they bought the studio months ago.
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Pyroloveridge 4 years ago
Bit of sexual tension in here today..
troublemaker's avatar
troublemaker 4 years ago
I was thinking the same!
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Loli-Nox-Tan 4 years ago
LOL Pyro. Anyhoo can anyone tell me what is 1666?
Dead's avatar
Dead 4 years ago
Must be all DW because I'm not feeling anything ;)
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0000000000 4 years ago
i wasnt even involved but i feel it :P nothing different there though!

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