Assassin's Creed creator returns to Ubisoft

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

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.

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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

maddog123
maddog123

Alright Patrice, good to see your back. Now kick out whoever is doing AC4 and dominate that shit, because the last great AC game was AC2, and that was your baby. Lets see that awesomeness come back please.

hadlee73
hadlee73

Desilets looking at ACIII: "Why haven't you guys added anything new?" :P j/k

tannertehpianis
tannertehpianis

Not totally sure how a new IP can be predicted to sell 4 million copies before any 'firm details have come to light'...

b10nutz
b10nutz

Hopefully this will steer next AC to the direction of  more AC2 like game then AC3. I really hated all those ******* quick time events from AC3 also i would've prefer to play all the game with HK then Connor.

kalipekona
kalipekona

Cool. He is a fantastic developer.

GodMan7
GodMan7

ACIV will be EPIC!!!

That is if he is willing to take a look though :/ 

AGENT_WESKER
AGENT_WESKER

FUCK YEAH!!! sorry for being so hyped but seriously though, Patrice Desilets was the guy who made AC2 the masterpiece it is! He was the one who really brought Assassin's Creed to another level with AC2. 

Hopefully he can do the same for future Assassin's Creed games cause the problem is that only minor improvements have been made in the last games, specifically in the gameplay side. I mean look at the jump from AC to AC2 gameplay-wise. I like to think that it was Patrice's involvement that made the improvements in AC2 so significant. Let's hope he can prove himself again! Although he probably won't have so much to do with AC4 at this stage but hopefully for the next game!  

Stiler
Stiler

I REALLY hope they don't tie him to the AC franchise again. He seems like he got burnt out on it and wanted to do something new.

I hope they allow him to finish the game he was working on at his THQ studio and let him continue to do games he wants to make rather then forcing him back to the AC franchise.

Miroku_of_Nite1
Miroku_of_Nite1

I hope he gets on board with the AC team again. I also wondered if he set out some vision documents for the AC world to follow when he left.

aaron25m
aaron25m

Oh good maybe he will take AC:4 back in the gameplay direction of AC:2 and away from 3 :-)


wrestlemaniaw
wrestlemaniaw

I hope he make some good decision and convince the publisher to delay AC for next year for next-gen systems only...

bizzySGS
bizzySGS

Assassin's creed went downhill since he left.There's no doubt about it.


23Jarek23
23Jarek23

I hope they treat this man well enough to keep him around this time. I'd like to see him back on the AC franchise but at the same time I think he'll be better off creating something fresh. Hopefully they let him, if not then I'm sure he'll just leave again and go somewhere that allows him to use his creativity towards new IP's. 

esurette
esurette

The question is: will he even be working on Assassin's Creed? And if so, will it be by his own will and with enthusiasm or will he be coerced?

megaspiderweb09
megaspiderweb09

I want the man to work on fresh new IP, not return to AC. People, we need new IPs, this whole sequel mongering is ridiculous

mcepin3
mcepin3

I get it,how some people are happy to hear this,but I am not! AC series are marked for yearly release and they are milking it! Ok,they got him back,but that just gives them excuse to make AC 5,6 and 7! You know they are coming... I said it on Black Flag news,that I am done with this series. I enjoyed AC1 and 2 greatly and even Revelations,but regret buying AC3 and it's shitty ending,I watched on YouTube,because I got bored with game,when I got to Connor.

Hey_Jay
Hey_Jay

So, maybe we can return to an age when an Assassin's Creed game was good?

DragonbornBoy86
DragonbornBoy86

He never should have left, but maybe my faith will be restored in this series after all. But I'm not buying Black Flag unless he's behind it. We all want a quality game again, but is too much damage done to the series now since we got that abysmal end to AC 3? I'm sure he'd crap his pants if he saw how they BUTCHERED his franchise with THAT kind of ending. Desmond deserved better!

oOhedzOo
oOhedzOo

It's grate to see the original creator of the idea get back to the company. Now the base structure is reinforced with him back.