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French Canadian game developer Patrice Desilets is taking the next step in his career by dabbling in a genre we rarely (and almost never) get to experience: a historical war-survival sim. It's like, “Finally, someone is making a real game in the AAA space... finally.”
Video Gamer has a brief article up about Desilets, who is taking his expertise following his roles as creative director on Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed II to dabble in a completely different kind of game at his new studio.
What's the name of the new studio? Why, it's called Panache Digital Games. It's based in Montreal, Canada and was the brainchild of Desilets and his long-time friend, Jean-Francois Boivin.
In a letter to fans, Desilets states...
"Indeed AAA Games, I believe in them. I believe wholeheartedly that this medium we call 'video games' can be a positive force for change in our society and that AAA quality gaming experiences have unmatched strength to achieve this. For you see, dear friends, I've always had an underlying ambition in my work: to move the world of games. It is with this motivation that I designed Assassin's Creed. I believe that, somehow, I succeeded in my mission. This gives me great motivation, ambition and heart to continue the adventure.”
The AAA games market has been coming under fire over the past few years for being stale. There were times when other developers would say that games were being churned out as if they were coming off a factory line. This was also mentioned by companies like Starbreeze, where it was noted that too many titles in the big leagues were all too similar.
The first Assassin's Creed was definitely a one-of-kind game, but it suffered from a lack of content and gameplay depth. Assassin's Creed II rectified all the major problems from the first game, and is still regarded as one of the best games in the whole series.
With a game like Assassin's Creed II under his belt, Desilets definitely has the chops as a creative director to manage something big and innovative. So when he says that he's working on something special... although, he wont' say what it is exactly...
"Unfortunately however, this letter will not reveal what we're currently working on over at Panache. Not right now, it's just a tiny bit too soon. What I will say is that we're working on a 3rd person Historical-Action-Survival game. Something that we have done quite well in the past.”
That's such an interesting list of genres crammed into one. The only game that comes close to that would be DayZ or Arma... but both of those are more military/zombie simulation than action-survival.
The letter wraps up with a promise of gifts for customers who have shown goodwill toward Desilets and crew, with the designer writing...
“For you, our first and beloved supporters, my team and I have decided that we will give you a full copy of our next game. Let's call it a free to play game that's not a 'free-to-play' game. You have taken the time out of your busy schedules to give us your email contact info, to join us and become our first community. Again, simply out of trust, out of love for what we’ve done in the past. We continue to be deeply touched by the gesture."
No details on the platforms, pricing or release date were mentioned. So we'll have to kindly wait for more info on the game. The general description sounds intriguing, so I sure hope it's not going to be a letdown. Fingers crossed.