Assassin's Creed creator returns to Ubisoft

After THQ bankruptcy sale, industry veteran Patrice Desilets returns to the company he left in 2010.

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Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets, who left Ubisoft in 2010 to head up THQ Montreal, has returned to the French publisher, a company representative told Polygon today.

It was previously unclear if Desilets would return to Ubisoft, following the company's wholesale purchase of THQ Montreal during the THQ bankruptcy sale.

At the time, a Ubisoft representative said it was "too soon to say for certain" if the designer would stay on.

"We are very pleased to welcome Patrice to Ubisoft again and anticipate that this renewed partnership will produce new ideas and high-quality titles for Ubisoft's customers," a spokesperson told the site today.

When Ubisoft purchased THQ Montreal, it also picked up the company's two unannounced projects: 1666 and Underdog.

Firm details on these projects have not yet come to light, though 1666 is expected to sell as many of 4 million copies.

Discussion

114 comments
Random_Virus
Random_Virus

Did he have anything to do with Assassin's Creed 2 and AC Brotherhood?  Cause if he didn't then he better stay away.


thequickshooter
thequickshooter

i hope they make AC good as AC1 and AC2 

after what they did in revelations and 3 and after seeing all the horrors of the sessions passes and dumbed down DLC i felt like AC was already dead 

and seeing a new AC with no focus of assassins vs templars instead pirate assassins (really ubisoft?) 

i wouldn't mind if that was a new franchise but slap AC on it 

copy&paste the gameplay from last game, improve graphics and sell it for 60 bucks is just greedy 

i've learned my lesson not to buy from ubisoft cause they ruined so many beloved franchises 

call of juarez, heroes of might and magic, price of persia and now assassin's creed 

i won't fall for their trick again, likewise with EA games 

pip3dream
pip3dream

Hopefully the quality will come back to the series finally. AC2 was such a tight cohesive fun game.  Since then, we've all just been chasing the proverbial pipedream dragon trying to get back to that high.  

OurSin-360
OurSin-360

I guess no hard feelings then, I forgot about THQ scalping all the top talent a few years back ( I believe it was THQ)

chrisangelo2k7
chrisangelo2k7

AC, ACII, and ACB were the best. Everything went downhill afterwards.

ash162
ash162

AC 1 had repetitive game play but planning an up and close assassination was awesome and then the getaway! Not to mention the sword fights were harder more intense. Altair was the better character in my opinion. just didn't get that many games......

Shango4
Shango4

so thats why the other assassins creed games suck he didn't right them.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I was worried that he was going to be ghost when Ubisoft purchased THQ Montreal. Glad to see he's sticking around. Hopefully the projects that THQ Montreal was working on is still moving forward. It would be nice to get some info about them at E3.

dethman75
dethman75

No coincidence the AC series went to shit after the first game. After finishing the first one i was shocked at how bad AC2 was compared to the first. I am sick to death of big companies taking a good original idea and turning it into a cookie cutter game like all the rest.

Chr0noid
Chr0noid

Hmm.....maybe now Assassin's Creed will go back to actually being about assassinations and making that the primary focus of gameplay.  You know, instead of making the ancestor protagonist a virtual Forrest Gump. 

Slinqy
Slinqy

We need better characters, better story, and a more alluring atmosphere. Do that, and you are going back to the roots of AC.

vyaswanth
vyaswanth

I did like the game until Connor completely grown up in AC III. but from sequence 7 the main story became dumb. Instead of having a good story ubisoft made us involve in some historical battles which are also dumb in game.

We need Templars vs assassins not some history lessons.

having historic characters is great but that is not the main thing that made this series a successful franchise

ghostwarrior79
ghostwarrior79

About time Patrice hauled his arse back to ubisoft. Now let's hope he fixes AC4 or else Patrice is gonna get a taste of his own friggin' medicine!

Kats_RK
Kats_RK

This is good news considering AC3 story line wasn't as good as AC2.

bannermanner
bannermanner

Assassin's Creed is tired.  Put the old girl down, Ubisoft.  At least for a while.

Let Patrice make something new.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

Great news. This guy is made AC stand out among the rest, the mystery and allure of the first game was lost as the saga continued, I hope he returns to the AC franchise and returns this now-summer-blockbuster franchise back to it's roots.

That, or he can work on a new and more unique game.

toddx77
toddx77

I hope he makes sure we never have to play an origin as long as we did in Assassin's Creed 3.  I didn't mind the part as Haytham so much even though it was a little long but having to play as child Connor, teen Connor, hunting Connor, training Connor, just took forever and was pointless.

bluefox755
bluefox755

Perhaps this man will backtrack a bit, walking back around the shark it previously jumped.  We can only hope.

Navardo95
Navardo95

Am I the only on who doesn't like the idea about how AC IV is putting an increased focus on naval battles?

ghostwarrior79
ghostwarrior79

Good! Perfect timing if u ask me! Now ac4 will definitely be awesome!

TheAlmightyCow
TheAlmightyCow

YES! I hoope he gets to work on the new AC! There is still time for him to make it awesome! AC3 was not very good, storywise that is..

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Would be nice if this turn of events would mean the series would get as good as it once was with AC and ACII, instead of what it is - a yearly copy/paste ritual, devoid of originality, inundated with way too much media.

cursealoud
cursealoud

So he left UbiSoft to go to THQ which went belly up and now he returns to UbiSoft for his job back. Give him the office in the basement with no window

arcanitejedi
arcanitejedi

wish they bring back jesper kyd for the music too

gunzanaler
gunzanaler

@ash162 He got several more games alright... all on crappy platforms though. AC1 barely covered his life story.

pedrote
pedrote

@Shango4 Technically, he's not the AC writer, that's Corey May. 

He's just the creative director... the one who gives some cool ideas that the game may implement.

pedrote
pedrote

@HipHopBeats Assassin's Creed VI: Modern Warfare 

Coming 2015


Kjranu
Kjranu

@Kats_RK I dunno, I'm really enjoying AC3 on my Wii U. Been a blast so far. I love the revolutionary war setting and it's done so well for something virtually unexplored. 

timbad
timbad

@TohouAsura I second that!

AC2 was a much better game in terms of gameplay, but I agree it did lose the sense of mystery.

Each iteration seems to have moved in this same direction so I am now a bit "assassined out" - I haven't even bothered with AC3 ...until it comes down in price maybe?

gunzanaler
gunzanaler

@toddx77 Pointless to you, essential to some. Interesting opinion though, got to give you that.

zerooo0
zerooo0

@toddx77 So true, main reason why I never even finished it.

Raggar127
Raggar127

@Navardo95 I totally can't wait for this game. I know it is not an assassin creed game but a real true naval battle system with the combat of AC will be awesome. Even though it should be a different series of games, I don't mind that they are making it.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@ghostwarrior79 No it won't. AC4 os an ongoing project, and according to the date they have given, pretty soon to enter final stages. Patrice can't do shit about AC4 at this point.

ponaniman15
ponaniman15

Assassins Creed 7: Altair in Wonderland

Raggar127
Raggar127

@Kjranu @Kats_RK Totally agree with you. I know it is not the best implemented story of AC games but I really am enjoying the setting and getting a visual representation of these historical events I read about as a kid is fun.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

@timbad @TohouAsura While I agree that overall AC2 was much more polished, I think combat saw alot of bad improvements too. Mainly, how easy it became. AC1 was no hard game either, but it took time to master, and enemies weren't doing you any favours.

Hell, the Hidden blade was only available as a counter-weapon, not to be used for attack, and even then, you had to be very precise about it. Each weapon made sense and had a meaning and use to it.

AC:R got so intertwined with it's own arsenal of weapons that they literally cancelled out each other. Lethal Bombs made smoke bombs pointless, Crossbow made Pistol and Knifes useless, Hidden blade made EVERYTHING melee pointless.

Even in AC3 the bow, which was to be a serious part of  Connor's arsenal, was shadowed by twin pistols, only useful when hunting animals.

timbad
timbad

@TohouAsura @timbad I think you've made some good points there, although I still prefer AC2 overall.

I think the further the series has "progressed" the more what you are saying has come to the fore.