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2:15 PM on 05.15.2013

Ubi's production of 1666 halted after firing of Désilets

Patrice Désilets says he was fired. Ubisoft says that good faith discussions led to a mutual departure. It's unclear how Désilets and Ubisoft split paths, but it is clear that new chapters are being ad...

Brett Makedonski

3:45 PM on 05.08.2013

Another former THQ employee was fired from Ubisoft

Yesterday Patrice Desiléts, the original creative director for Assassin's Creed, left Ubisoft and today he Tweeted about another Ubisoft employee losing his job. Desiléts shared on his Twitter, "Thinki...

Joshua Derocher



Assassin's Creed creative director vs. Ubisoft (Update) photo
Assassin's Creed creative director vs. Ubisoft (Update)
by Allistair Pinsof

[Update: Assassin's Creed creative director Patrice Désilets has responded to his departure from Ubisoft, calling it a "baseless" termination. Here's what he told Polygon:

"Contrary to any statements made earlier today, this morning I was terminated by Ubisoft. 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.

"Ubisoft's actions are baseless and without merit. I intend to fight Ubisoft vigorously for my rights, for my team and for my game."]

Patrice Désilets, the creative director of Assassin's Creed 1 & 2, has left Ubisoft again after a scant amount of time back.

After leaving to work at THQ in 2010, Désilets returned to Ubisoft when the publisher acquired THQ Montreal and its assets in January. There was speculation that Désilets would continue work on two tentatively titled THQ projects, 1666 and Underdog.

"Unfortunately, since the acquisition, the good faith discussions between Patrice and Ubisoft aimed at aligning Patrice’s and the studio’s visions have been inconclusive," an Ubisoft representative told Game Informer. "As a result, Patrice has left the studio. Our priorities remain with the teams already hard at work on projects in development. They are at the root of Ubisoft Montréal’s past and future successes."

Désilets's response: "I'll survive."

In other Désilets news, he just started following me on Twitter. Boy, is he in for disappointment!

Patrice Désilets Departing Ubisoft Once Again [Polygon]

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12:30 PM on 04.26.2013

THQ still owes hundreds of millions to its creditors

If the filed claims are to be believed, THQ owes more than $200 million to various creditors in wake of its recent bankruptcy. Hundreds of parties have been added to the bankruptcy proceedings, many of them claiming several m...

Brett Makedonski

2:30 PM on 04.25.2013

Discretion is the better part of profiteering

We have a lovely new installment of Office Chat for you to enjoy today. Jordan and I are joined by Chris Carter. We talk a little bit about all of those properties Nordic Games scooped up in the final auction of THQ ass...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:30 PM on 04.24.2013

Future of Darksiders is uncertain in Nordic Games' hands

Nordic who? After announcing publisher Nordic Games gained rights to THQ's Darksiders and Red Faction, I saw many ask who Nordic Games is and what its plans are for these series. I'd reference you to Wikipedia for the first p...

Allistair Pinsof





8:00 PM on 04.23.2013

Grand Theft KIFFLOM, Endless Summer & THQ's Final Auction

Today on The Destructoid Show, we discuss Grand Theft Auto V's KIFFLOM and Epsilonism, The Endless Summer, a mysterious new Bethesda title that's popped up on the Australian Ratings Classification Board, and Ratchet &am...

Max Scoville



Nordic comes away with Red Faction, Darksiders, and more photo
Nordic comes away with Red Faction, Darksiders, and more
by Jordan Devore

Rounding out the sale of THQ's assets, we heard earlier today that Gearbox was able to pick up the rights to Homeworld. Subject to court approval, the remaining groups of intellectual properties have gone to three different companies, as announced by the defunct publisher today.

For $4.9 million, Nordic Games bought some 150 individual SKUs including notable properties like Darksiders, Red Faction, MX vs. ATV, and Destroy All Humans! Additionally, Drawn to Life and its successor The Next Chapter went to 505 Games for $300,000. For its part, Gearbox bid $1.35 million to get Homeworld.

"In the long term, we either want to cooperate with the original creators or best possible developers in order to work on sequels or additional content for these titles," said Nordic Games Group AB CEO Lars Wingefors. "A very important point for us is not to dash into several self-financed multi-million dollar projects right away, but rather to continue our in-depth analysis of all titles and carefully selecting different financing models for developing new instalments of acquired IPs."

Can't say I saw this coming. If you aren't familiar with Nordic, you might be when you hear that it has published titles such as The Book of Unwritten Tales, the PC version of Alan Wake, and Painkiller HD. It's expected that the Bankruptcy Court will finalize the sale after May 13, 2013.

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2:13 PM on 04.22.2013

Gearbox has rights to classic RTS Homeworld

Update: Along with Darksiders, Red Faction, and other THQ properties getting picked up by Nordic Games for a cool $4.9 million, it's come to light that Gearbox spent $1.35 million in acquiring Homeworld. Borderlands developer...

Allistair Pinsof

2:45 PM on 04.19.2013

Crowdfunded attempt to buy Homeworld rights unsuccessful

THQ's auction of certain remaining properties took an interesting turn when a group called teamPixel leveraged crowdfunding in an attempt to bid on the rights to Homeworld. In a Kickstarter update this week, the company ...

Jordan Devore

4:00 AM on 04.18.2013

Company of Heroes 2 CE includes the original game

Company of Heroes 2 is getting a Collector's Edition, and it's set to include several bonuses such as the original Company of Heroes, including the two original expansions: Opposing Fronts and Tales of Valor. Other bonuses in...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

10:15 AM on 03.28.2013

Crytek USA plans to buy the Darksiders license

Word on the street is, while Crytek has no current interest in Darksiders 3, Crytek USA wants the brand anyway. Considering the new company boasts ex-Vigil staff, and is indeed headed by the studio's former boss, it's hardly ...

Jim Sterling

9:30 PM on 03.26.2013

Humble Mobile Bundle has Metal Slug 3, Plants vs. Zombies

Humble Bundle has been busy this week with two different promotions. Up first is the Humble Mobile Bundle, which offers Contre Jour, Anomaly Korea, Plants vs. Zombies, and Bladeslinger for Android under the pay-what-you-want ...

Jordan Devore

2:00 AM on 03.23.2013

Saints Row's success was invalidated by uDraw's failure

Poor, poor THQ. A series of catastrophic mistakes led to the 23-year-old company's closure earlier this year. Among the more notable mistakes was the uDraw tablet, originally released in 2010 exclusively on Wii where it becam...

Tony Ponce

6:30 PM on 03.14.2013

Patrice Desilets has officially returned to Ubisoft

When THQ's ashes were cast to the wind, the fate of a lot of staff and franchises wasn't clear. One such person was Patrice Desilets, the former lead designer of the first Assassin's Creed games, but today, Ubisoft has c...

Alasdair Duncan

2:00 AM on 02.27.2013

THQ to auction off Homeworld, Red Faction, and other IPs

THQ sold off a majority of their biggest gaming franchises last month, and now they're ready to continue the process with some of their other big titles. THQ intends to sell off their remaining IP in six specific lots: Darks...

Hamza CTZ Aziz