Patrice Désilets at the E3 2007
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Patrice Désilets (born 9 May 1974) is a French Canadian game designer best known for creating the Assassin's Creed series. Désilets served as creative director on Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed II, and Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. He is also known for being involved with Ubisoft's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. In 2014, he founded the Montreal-based indie studio Panache Digital Games where he is working on a new game, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.
Born in 1974 at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Désilets is the son of Jacques Désilets, mathematician and director of CEGEP, and Luce de Bellefeuille, Director General of the Secretariat for International Adoption. In 1996, Désilets earned his bachelor's degree in film studies and literature at University of Montreal, to which time prior, he was enrolled at the Collège Édouard-Montpetit. Coming from a background in film, he has used his creative vision to shape games in which he has taken a creative lead including 2007's Assassin's Creed and its 2009 sequel Assassin's Creed II. Désilets other credits include Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six 3: Raven Shield, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Disney's Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers and Hype: The Time Quest.
Departure from Ubisoft
Désilets left Ubisoft in June 2010, which was confirmed by the company on June 13, 2010, looking for more creative independence. After one year away from the gaming industry, Patrice Désilets officially returned by joining THQ as Creative Director at their new Montreal based studio in June 2011. For two years at THQ Montreal, Désilets was working on a new project titled 1666 Amsterdam, leading a team of close to fifty people.
THQ declared bankruptcy under Chapter 11 in the United States in December 2012 and, in January 2013, THQ Montreal was sold off to Ubisoft in an auction. Désilets was subsequently let go by Ubisoft on May 7, 2013 when the two parties could not agree on the contract terms. When asked about it, Désilets said, "Contrary to any statements made earlier today, this morning I was terminated by Ubisoft. I was notified of this termination in person, handed a termination notice and was unceremoniously escorted out of the building by two guards without being able to say goodbye to my team or collect my personal belongings. This was not my decision. Ubisoft's actions are baseless and without merit. I intend to fight Ubisoft vigorously for my rights, for my team and for my game."
Following this, Patrice Désilets and Ubisoft came to an agreement in April 2016 in which Désilets won back all creative rights to 1666 Amsterdam.
Panache Digital Games
On December 14, 2014, Patrice Désilets with his team launched a new game development studio in Montreal, Panache Digital Games where they are working on their first project titled Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.
- 1666: Amsterdam (Cancelled by Ubisoft's purchase of THQ Montreal)
- Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey (2019)
- Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (2010)
- Assassin's Creed II (2009)
- Assassin's Creed (Director's Cut Edition) (2008)
- Assassin's Creed (2007)
- Prince of Persia: Special Edition (2003)
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2003)
- Donald Duck: Goin' Quackers (2000)
- Hype: The Time Quest (1999)
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