The details of Patrice Desilets' lawsuit against Ubisoft, in which he's seeking over $400,000 in damages and the rights to purchase the 1666: Amsterdam franchise from the publisher, have surfaced in Canadian court documents republished by Game Informer.
In the documents, Desilets' legal representatives state that on the day of his termination, Desilets was "escorted out of the building by two burly and intimidating Ubisoft employees, like a common criminal, without being afforded the opportunity to collect his personal affects or say goodbye to his fellow employees." The documents call Desilets treatment "abusive" and "contrary to Ubisoft's obligation to act reasonably and in good faith." These have cause moral damages to Desilets, who holds Ubisoft and employees who "participated in and/or condoned" his treatment responsible.
The documents also state Desilets is demanding Ubisoft confirm that all development on 1666 has ceased, and will remain on hold until the designer's rights to the game have been determined in court.
In a response from Ubisoft, legal representatives for the company denied Desilets claims that he was treated harshly upon his termination, calling his removal from the premises "customary" and "perfectly reasonable." It also takes umbrage with a waiver sought by Desilets when THQ Montreal was first acquired by Ubisoft. In short, Desilets was required to deliver an "acceptable prototype" of 1666 by no later than July 30, 2012, else his agreement with the publisher could be reneged. That prototype was never delivered, Ubisoft claims, making his firing a reasonable action.
Moreover, Ubisoft's legal representatives claim Desilets knowingly tried to evade the deadline by asking Ubisoft to waive that part of the contract upon its acquisition of THQ Montreal.
"This request would have been unnecessary if you truly believed that [the 1666 deadline] had already been waived or that a prototype of the Game was ever delivered," the response reads. Again, your claim of waiver is false and strongly denied."
In another letter to Desilets' legal representative, a separate representative for Los Angeles law firm Greenberg Glusker responded on behalf of Ubisoft, saying Desilets' complaints "have no merit."
"If Mr. Desilets has any interest in further pursing [sic] the 1666 project, he should calm down and sit back down at the table," the letter reads. "Ubisoft can develop and publish 1666 with Patrice Desilets or without him. It prefers to do so with him. It is in each party's best interest to work together in good faith and on terms that best ensure the success of the Game."