Former Assassin’s Creed director joins THQ

By on October 20, 2010

Patrice Désilets to head up new Montreal studio.

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Publisher THQ has announced that it is to open a new development studio in Montreal next year, and has recruited ex-Assassin’s Creed head designer Patrice Désilets to head it up.

Désilets worked as creative director on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time as well as the Assassin’s Creed series before leaving Ubisoft in June this year to take a “creative break from the industry”.

He will now be in charge of one of two teams to be based at THQ’s Montreal studio, and will be tasked with developing a new IP.

“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, executive vice president of THQ’s Core division.

“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.”

Bilson added, “Simply put, we can’t wait for Patrice to join THQ. 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.”

It won’t be until summer 2011 however, that Désilets actually starts working on the new project, as he revealed in an open letter to Kotaku.

“Under my own label and team, which has yet to be created, I will be making my next few games within THQ’s Montreal-based studios,” Désilets wrote.

“I am very eager to start working on new games, but for various reasons and mostly out of respect for those who gave me my first chance in the industry, I will not be working on any projects until Summer of 2011.”


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