Julien's career in the industry began at Ubisoft in France, where he worked as a physics programmer on Pro Rally 2001. His skills were then required at Ubisoft Montreal, where he continued to work as a programmer on Speed Devils Online Racing. Julien took on a lead programming role on a new project, where he was instrumental in the development of a cutting edge vehicle-based game engine.
In 2004, he moved on to the PS2 version of Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, which was so successful that he was then asked to manage the programming team responsible for the Xbox, PS2, Gamecube and Wii SKUs of Splinter Cell Double Agent. Julien joined Eidos-Montreal in 2007 to assemble and head the Shared Technology department, responsible for all the technologies used in the creation of the studio's first title, Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
Considerable accomplishments are rarely achieved single-handedly. If Eidos-Montréal was able to come up to speed so quickly, it's because our partners were here to give us a hand. We wish to thank them warmly.
At Eidos-Montréal, we value creativity, initiatives, and ideas, and want to insure we further promote and enhance the contributions of our imaginative developers to this overarching philosophy. In this section, we highlight our incredible women in gaming, and receive first-hand accounts of their journey to, and through, the industry itself.
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Why did you first join the Games industry?
I have had a lifelong love of science fiction and storytelling. I grew up wanting to be a writer; after college, I moved to Hollywood to break into the film industry. Then a college friend of mine called me up and told me about a job opening at her boyfriend’s company. A San Diego-based game development company called Presto Studios. They were working on a series of science fiction adventure games and needed to hire an additional writer. I didn’t know much about writing for games—this was almost 20 years ago and the industry was very small. I knew I wanted to write science fiction, however, so I jumped at the chance. To this day, I have never regretted it!
Do you feel being a woman in the Games industry is different than in other industries?
The games industry is different than other industries, period. Whether you’re a man or a woman. Game development is challenging; it’s highly creative and highly structured at the same time. For a game to succeed, many different personality types must come together, blending their unique talents into a single united vision. If they can’t, the game feels disconnected and the final product suffers. It takes great communication skills, a willingness to listen and collaborate, and a lack of ego to really pull it off.
Montréal is a cosmopolitan, multicultural, and bilingual city that has developed a unique personality, at the crossroads of North American and European influences.
It is a city famed for its openness and creativity, its vibrant cultural life, and the high spirits and 'joie de vivre' of its residents. To top it off, Montréal cuisine, which taps into a whole world of cultural influences, is universally renowned.
Best of all, Montréal is host to a growing community of video game producers and developers, all of unparalleled talent and creativity.
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With a population fast approaching 4 million, Montréal is Canada’s second biggest city, after Toronto. Montréal has been overtaken by Toronto as Canada’s commercial capital, but it is still an important hub for commerce, arts, culture and architecture. Montreal’s province, Quebec, is culturally distinct from the rest of Canada because its sole official language is French.
In fact, Montréal is the second largest French speaking city in the world, after Paris. Montréal’s climate varies wildly from season to season. Quebec winters are known throughout Canada as being cold, wet and icy – similar to Ottawa’s, and harsher than Toronto’s. Thankfully, the municipal snow clearing system is surprisingly fast and efficient for the city’s size.
Summers are warm by Canadian standards. The average daily temperature ranges between 23 – 27 degrees Celsius, but can reach lows of 13 and highs of 35 degrees.
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