The lights are on
[Update] Ubisoft has provided the following statement to Game Informer, but has declined to specifically address the status of the projects in question (1666 and Underdog).
The acquisition of THQ Montréal in January allowed Ubisoft to welcome 170 experienced developers, including Patrice Désilets, to our existing and renowned workforce. 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. 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.
Patrice Désilets has also responded. That story is available here.
The rocky relationship between Ubisoft and Patrice Désilets has hit yet another bump. According to sources with knowledge of the matter, Désilets will be leaving the publisher once again.
After Ubisoft acquired THQ Montreal in January, speculation ran rampant regarding whether the former Assassin's Creed creative director would accompany in-progress projects back to the publisher he left in 2010. In March, we reported that he would be returning to Ubisoft to continue his work. According to documents related to the THQ asset sale, two games were under development. They were, at least as placeholders, named 1666 and Underdog.
Sources have suggested that the games have been canceled, which raises questions about Ubisoft's purpose in acquiring THQ Montreal and the projects on which it was working. We've reached out to Ubisoft for comment on the situation and will update as we know more.
When we communicated with Désilets, he told us simply, "I'll survive."