Patrice Désilets will be joining THQ next summer in the newly-opened studio in Montreal, Quebec. He has served as creative director on the Assassin’s Creed franchise and will be in charge of hiring the new team for the Montreal studio. Montreal was selected for its high concentration of media talent, which will come in handy as Montreal will be the starting point for a brand-new IP for the company, with Désilets leading the charge
“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,” said Danny Bilson, Executive Vice President of THQ’s Core Games.
To help fuel this effort, THQ Montreal will become the “largest studio in the THQ system” amassing nearly 400 workers to the newly opened office (making a reasonable assumption that Canada is full of game developers and Mounties).
Giving that the first year will be a watershed year to work out the crinkles in, bringing on key developers like Désilets, Tomonobu Itagaki – who is finishing up his IP Devil’s Third at Valhalla Studios – and even Guillermo del Toro (though no word that his project will correlate to the aforementioned IP), THQ is building a powerhouse to contend with. “It’s not about the facility but the people we put in the facility.” Well said Bison, well said indeed.