by Liam Edwards
Patrice Desilets Finally Starts At THQ
Way back in October last year we reported that well known former Assassin's Creed creative director, Patrice Désilets, was leaving Ubisoft. On the flip side he was moving to rival company THQ, but stated not until summer 2011.
With it now being June, Désilets, has finally joined up with his new employers. Based at THQ's new Montreal studio, he is assuming the role he formally had at Ubisoft, as THQ-Montreal's creative director. While creative director at Ubisoft's Montreal studio, he headed up both Assassin's Creed I, II and Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, giving him a very impressive CV.
It was announced last October he would move companies but not until this summer "out of respect." Following his move from Ubisoft last October, the company have made claims against THQ that they were, talent-spotting from Ubisoft's Montreal studio. This lead to a series of injunctions imposed on THQ. Although it is unknown what Désilets is working on at the new THQ studio, it is rumoured that he is working on a series of new IP's for the company.
The creative freedom that THQ gives its artists and developers--and their willingness to make games that truly reflect an artistic vision--really drew me to THQ," he said as a part of today's announcement. "I plan to build an incredibly talented team at THQ, and am very anxious to get started on creating a new project.
If you're a fan of Désilets' work in the past, you may want to keep your eye out for new THQ announcements in the future.