Former Assassin's Creed Creative Director Patrice Desilets Heading New THQ Studio

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 19, 2010 5:43am PDT Ubisoft Montreal veteran Patrice Désilets, who served as creative director on Assassin's Creed and Assassin's Creed 2 as well as Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, will be joining THQ to form a new development studio, the publisher announced today.

Désilets will join THQ's new Montreal studio next summer, first hiring a new team focused on developing new development properties.

"Simply put, we can't wait for Patrice to join THQ," THQ executive VP of core games, Danny Bilson, said. "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."

Desilets left Ubisoft Montreal in June, apparently after finishing work on Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, which is due out in November. Ubisoft then stated that "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."

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  • 12 years with UbiSoft, the last 6 working on just Assassin's Creed games.

    Not surprising he needed a break, but more surprising to me that they let him go and create new IPs with another company.

    Didn't UbiSoft Toronto announce 4-5 months ago that they would concentrate on creating 1 new IPs a year or something?

    Others have been attached to Assassin's Creed, but Patrice was the 'vision' for those games, and if their studio logs/making-of videos are to be believed, he always had grand ideas, the exact kind of person you want working on AAA titles.