Former Assassin’s Creed Creative Director Opens New Studio
After leaving Ubisoft twice, the former creative lead of Assassin's Creed 1-2 has announced the creation of his new studio.
Patrice Desilets has announced that he has opened his own studio in Montreal, Panache Digital Games. Desilets is primarily known for being the director of Ubisoft's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed II. He left Ubisoft in 2010, as Desilet was replaced by Patrick Plourde as the director of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. In 2011, Desilets joined THQ's Montreal location. THQ Montreal was then sold off to Ubisoft, resulting in Desilets returning to the company he just left. While he was at Ubisoft, he was working on a project that has been in development hell for many years, 1666, which is still unreleased.
In May 2013, Desilets departed from Ubisoft yet again with no major credits to his name since 2010. Upon his dismissal, Desilets released the following statement to Polygon:
"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."
Desilet's new studio is Panache Digital Games. We are certainly looking forward to his next major project, because most fans can definitely see that removing Desilet from the Assassin's Creed franchise could be the reason for much of its stagnation over the past four years.