Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets says Microsoft's dream of a digital future is right.
Patrice Desilets is up against a lot these days, but it isn't stopping him from taking an unpopular stance on the video game industry. It was recently believed that Microsoft was going to take the DRM route with its games, which was actually like a reverse “Trojan horse” for the idea of taking video games into the digital age.
Where do you know Patrice Desilets from, you might ask? Not only was he the creator of Assassin's Creed, one of the most influential game franchises in recent history, but he was also the one who was “fired” in the midst of a big shuffle between Ubisoft and THQ. His game 1666 went with him most of the way, but when Patrice Desilets left, he tried to take 1666 with him. Technically he wants the game out of Ubisoft's hands because it was his personal project, and he'll continue to fight for it.
We imagine that the digital route is where Patrice Desilets wants to go with 1666 as well.
Little is known of 1666, other than the fact that it was the year of the plague and Great Fire of London, so it could be set in what may have been a near apocalyptic age in England's most famous city. Post-apocalyptic games tend to be the latest trend these days, with The Last of Us and Mad Max, alongside a slew of games based around the zombie apocalypse. Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets is most likely planning to release 1666 for the console generation following the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, unless Microsoft can reinstate the digital side of video games once more.
Patrice Desilets says the future of video games is going digital, "eventually AAA will make money again. The future is digital all the way. Yeah, games come on disc, and I get it guys, you were really pissed off. But, deep down, nobody cares about not having CDs any more. The future is digital, and there's nothing you can do about it."
Are we detecting a little bit of Adam Orth in that line?
Anyway, Patrice Desilets is betting on the Xbox One's original DRM policies eventually becoming a reality as we slowly abandon our games in physical disc format.
What do you think of Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets claiming that the future of video games is digital? What could he be planning with 1666?