I love design
in all its form
Director of User Experience
Hello Étienne! Tell us a little about yourself.
How did you end up in the gaming industry?
After graduating in graphic design from Laval University, I started a small design shop called Alter Echo with two of my friends in Montreal. We did all sorts of branding and graphic design projects. Believe it or not, we even won some Grafika awards! That was a fun part of my professional life but the game industry called on me when a friend of mine phoned to ask if I wanted to join the team at EA Montreal. I spent two years there and then moved on to Eidos where I worked on Thief. This was followed by another two years working at Behavior on Star Citizen before joining Panache in October of 2015.
Which project(s) have you preferred working on?
I would say that Thief was my favorite project. The main reason was the people involved in the project. I think we did a nice UI job even if the game received mitigated critics. The team chemistry was very good and I think that my ideas went through and made a certain difference. I also really liked working on_ Boogie Superstar_. It was a nice little project to start in the game industry.
What are your favorite games of all time?
Zelda: A Link to the Past
Team Fortress 2
Shadow of the Colossus
Black and White
Left 4 Dead 2
What is your dream game?
My dream game would be a deep narrative single player game interlaced with strong multiplayer moments in a non-realistic setting. You know, the type of game we say “Wow! How come no one has thought of that before!”
What are your other interests?
I know it’s not related to games at all but I’m a food fan. I don’t think foodie is the right word though because I’m more into cooking than going to restaurants.
I’m also a huge fan of TV series. My top 3 would have to be: Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under and Mr. Robot.
And of course I love design in all its form: digital art, visual art, graphic design an more.
What about music?
I’m really into electronic music but I also like other genres from classical music to rock and classic rock!
What’s the last movie you saw in theater?
The last one I saw was Jungle Book with the Panache team. I have to admit that I don’t go to the theater much anymore with the increased quality of TV series. I do love watching classic movies though! I think it’s important to see the classics in order to put things into perspective. And in general, I like any movie, as long as it’s good :)
Your thoughts on the future of gaming?
I think that the game industry is now divided in three different categories: First, the blockbusters. They will continue to exist and their size and budget will continue to increase. Second, the indie games. Smaller budget and highly innovative productions are transforming the industry. And third, the GAAS (game as a service) such as the League of legend and Minecraft of this world. Games that are maintained and progressing overtime.