Patrice Désilets, the creator of Assassin’s Creed has in the past publicly said he didn’t like the path Ubisoft was taking the franchise he created, noting the yearly release as the main problem. That and other things caused the game developer to leave Ubisoft and venture into the wild, although he said back in June he was just taking a “creative break from the industry”.
Thing is, a man with such talent never stays in the wild for too long, and today THQ’s announced its opening a new studio in Montreal, one that will be headed by none other than the Assassin’s Creed creator himself.
Désilets’s team at THQ Montreal will create a new IP, while another team will handle an existing THQ IP or a new IP.
Here’s THQ core boss Danny Bilson:
“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,” he said.
“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.”
The studio will house 400 employees over the period of five years Bilson told GI in an interview.
Here’s to hoping it all works out well for all involved.