Update: Ubisoft confirms
Original story: Patrice Desilets, the creative director on the Assassin’s Creed franchise, may have left Ubisoft, GI reports citing “sources familiar with the situation.”
The publisher has given the standard ‘we don’t comment on rumor or speculation’ response, which could be telling in itself; as Beyond Good & Evil creator Michael Ancel was rumored to have parted ways with Ubisoft Montpellier late last month, the company’s PR quickly dismissed it.
If true, Ubisoft would be losing quite the asset; Desilets played a key part in Prince of Persia‘s The Sands of Time trilogy as well as the creation of Assassin’s Creed, both wildly popular and successful franchises for the French publisher.
How the departure would affect the development of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood and its unveiling at E3 next week is unknown.
Brotherhood is expected to release later this year, only roughly twelve months after the massively successful Assassin’s Creed II, the first game to do so since Ubisoft decided to start releasing sequels to its AAA games more frequently.