Ubisoft has fired THQ Montreal’s Jean-Francois Boivin, according to Désilets

Wednesday, 8th May 2013 20:28 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Patrice Désilets has said over Twitter that he wasn’t the only developer fired by Ubisoft yesterday.

According to a tweet from Désilets, Jean-Francois Boivin who was a producer and co-worker of his at THQ Montreal, was fired by the firm.

“Thinking of my good friend and producer @JFBoivin who also got fired yesterday,” Desilets tweeted. “I’m sharing your support with him…”

Boivin joined Ubisoft in 2005 and worked on the Assassin’s Creed franchise before leaving the firm in 2010 to join THQ Montreal alongside Désilets.

Yesterday, Ubisoft confirmed the departure of Désilets, stating that since the firm’s acquisition of THQ Montreal in January, the “good faith discussions between Patrice and Ubisoft aimed at aligning Patrice’s and the studio’s visions have been inconclusive. As a result, Patrice has left the studio.”

Désilets said his leaving the firm was not his decision, and that Ubisoft’s actions were “baseless and without merit, [and] I intend to fight Ubisoft vigorously for my rights, for my team and for my game.”

During the THQ auction, Ubisoft purchased THQ Montreal along with the two projects led by Désilets – 1666 and Project Underdog.

Via Polygon.



  1. tezzer1985

    So Ubisoft bought the studio, just to fire them and be dicks, all because he didn’t want to make Assassin’s Creed for the rest of his life…

    I can see this turning into a PR mess for Ubisoft, not a good look, going into E3

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dave Cook

    Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear.

    The new Zampella and West?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Mjorh

    WTF !

    Man whats wrong with this ubishit ? ! it ain’t fair…


    Its kinda interesting the resemblance of Activision n Ubisoft in making dick moves !

    #3 2 years ago
  4. The_Red

    True. Ubi is one a warpath and has gone full Activision.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Lengendaryboss

    I honestly feel sorry for these people, working with THQ, then going to Ubisoft after the fall of the late, great THQ and now having employees fired, i hope work comes their way or has Dave puts it “The new Zampella and West”

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Dave Cook

    @4 I wouldn’t go that far yet :)

    #6 2 years ago
  7. NeoSquall

    @2 Actually the West-Zampella case is much deeper shit than this.

    On one side we have a story of insider espionage and greedy publishers, on the other we have a designer unhappy with his publisher’s decisions about his franchise’s serialization, who apparently fled the studio on his own will the first time.
    It seems Patrice wants too much freedom compared to what publishers can give him, maybe he should talk about it with Tim Schafer or Goichi Suda.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    @4: Never go full Activision.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Lengendaryboss

    When they start making portable games like COD: Declassified, that is when they have turned into well this

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Old MacDonald

    It does look like Ubisoft did this to remove a competitor and take revenge on a few people.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Beta

    Starting to dislike Ubisoft. They are beginning to remind me of Activision (Whose games I haven’t bought since the launch of this gen.)

    #11 2 years ago
  12. redwood


    #12 2 years ago
  13. salarta

    I have mixed feelings about this one. On the one hand, another case of Ubisoft firing people in this way is toolish, and the more we know, the more we know not to buy their crap. Especially when this is a company that seriously tried to pretend laser tag counts as a video game at E3, complete with a stupid slogan about “bringing video games into the living room.”

    On the other hand… Desilets, not Boivin, revealed that Boivin was fired, and we have no word on if Boivin was at all okay with this news coming out at least in this manner. If Boivin didn’t want people to know he was fired, or wanted to do it differently, then what Desilets just did is a colossal dick move and comes off as very selfishly trying to use someone else’s situation for his own agenda.

    #13 2 years ago

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