Ubisoft’s “Political Lying” Led to the Departure of Assassin’s Creed Creator
One of the most popular but now stale franchise, Assassin’s Creed, is getting a reboot soon. However, over the years its struggles led to plenty of frustration for not only Ubisoft but the community as well. What led to this situation is Ubisoft’s dodgy marketing and lying to the community about the quality of their product.
The company apparently asked their developers to come up with political lies to tell the community. According toAssassin’s Creed creator, Patrick Desilets who is no longer with the company, “biggest struggle with being in an organization is that I was the guy doing interviews like what we’re doing right now, and I had to come up with political lying.I would receive comments and decisions made by other people and not me, because it’s all about compromising when you’re in a big organization somehow.”
He explained that the decision was being made for him by people who didn’t care about video games. Such an environment not only led to his departure but it also affected Assassin’s Creed in a negative way. Desilets added: “And as my role, the creative director, it’s tough to live by the decisions of others when being in front of the camera or Skype. And I said I’m not a really good liar so I can’t do it anymore. (…) So I said, enough. if I do another Assassin’s Creed at least it would be for me and my guys and also for Quebec and for my people in Montreal”
Ubisoft and rehired Patrick and his team while he was working on a game called 1666: Amsterdam. The now-scrapped project was very similar to Assassin’s Creed and it is believed that Ubisoft acquired the development team to make sure 1666: Amsterdam never goes out the door.
Ubisoft and Patrick parted ways one more time and this time for good. What do you think of Assassin’s Creed creator Patrick Desilets’ comments?