Ex Ubisoft Designer Patrice Désilets Heading New THQ Studio

by Jeff Cork on Oct 19, 2010 at 03:10 AM

When Assassin's Creed's creative director left Ubisoft in June, the company said that he wanted to step away from gaming for a while. "With his role on project essentially done, Patrice Désilets has decided to take a creative break from the industry and is no longer working on Assassin's Creed Brotherhood," Ubisoft said in a statement at the time. Apparently, he didn't need much time to recharge. THQ has announced that Désilets will be heading up a new development studio based in Montreal, Quebec, next summer.

"The best way we can deliver fresh, high-quality gaming experiences is by working with the best talent. THQ is delighted to have the opportunity to make a brilliant addition to our team next year with Patrice Désilets," said Danny Bilson, THQ executive vice president of core games. "We expect calendar 2011 to be a watershed year for THQ, and adding developers like Patrice helps ensure our focus on new IP and great games charted by leading industry artists."

"Simply put, we can't wait for Patrice to join THQ," Bilson added. "Patrice brings a passion for games rich with action-packed sequences, gripping characters and cinematic flair, and we're all looking forward to having him and his newly formed team develop an all new franchise with us." Désilets is known in the industry for his work on developing the Assassin's Creed franchise and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Warner Bros. Interactive recently opened a studio in Montreal, and Electronic Arts and Ubisoft already have established roots in the city. It should be interesting to see if any other high-profile developers jump ship to Désilets' new home in the coming months.