Patrice Désilets left Ubisoft back in June last year for what was termed a ‘creative break’. It seems that break was to be almost exactly one year to the day, as it has been announced he will create a new team at THQ Montreal to work on original IP’s.
“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,” said Désilets. “I plan to build an incredibly talented team at THQ, and am very anxious to get started on creating a new project.” Best known for his work as creative director on both Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and the first two Assassin’s Creed games, Patrice is well known and respected within the industry and should bring something well worth watching out of the new branch of THQ.
This continues the publisher’s drive to recruit new creative staff, as both Tim Schafer, Itagaki-san and Guillermo Del Toro are all recent converts to their cause. Back in the mid 90’s I remember THQ as being a bit of a joke and only publishing generally terrible games, they seem to have come a long way.