From Dreams to Realities: Performing History in the Assassin’s Creed® video game series

Maxime Durand

Ubisoft, Montreal

1:30 PM, Friday, October 23, 2015, Multi-Media Lab, Discovery Centre, MacOdrum Library


The past is a puzzle for which we lack most of the pieces and don’t have the cover art. Yet, the teams working on Assassin’s Creed have mastered a unique method to interpret it through breathtaking digital environments. From assumed inaccuracies to unnoticeable historical details, the procedure is complex but rewarding with tens of millions of fans. This lecture will discuss the methods applied at Ubisoft and how we address the issues of recreating the past in a world leading digital gaming environment.

Maxime Durand


Maxime Durand is the Assassin’s Creed franchise historian since 2010, weeks after graduating from Université de Montréal. Yes! A history grad who works with his diploma.

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