Assassin's Creed creative director begins work at THQ

Patrice Desilets starts in on new IP at Montreal studio after yearlong non-compete clause with Ubisoft expires.

Patrice Desilets is finally ready to get to work at THQ. Eight months after THQ announced that it had wooed the Assassin's Creed creative director away from Ubisoft, the publisher said today that Desilets has officially begun work on an all-new property at the newly formed THQ Montreal.

Patrice Desilets

THQ has not offered any indication as to the nature of Desilets' first project for the publisher. However, the new studio head hasn't wasted time with bringing over talent from his former employer. Earlier this year, THQ VP Danny Bilson confirmed that the publisher had recruited three "key members" of Ubisoft Montreal.

Of course, those hires may not have been entirely on the up-and-up. In late March, word surfaced that Ubisoft had been granted a recruitment injunction against THQ to prevent the publisher from further poaching at its studios. According to court documents, Desilets had violated the one-year non-compete clause in his contract with Ubisoft by having THQ hire art director Alex Drouin, production manager Mark Besner, and associate producer Jean-Francois Boivin.

The Desilets-helmed project isn't the only activity occurring at THQ Montreal. Earlier this week, the publisher confirmed that it had moved its Homefront franchise to the Canadian outfit, after shutting down franchise creator Kaos Studios.

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52 comments
AssCrdsPro
AssCrdsPro

He is just the director....not the creator or writer of the game...he just directs the gameplay...plus the new director is just as good as Patrice after playin ACR....I dont care who stays and who goes as long as the game will stay epic

deadevil_x
deadevil_x

god help us all just FYI 4 game industries "never ever ever ever change the team midway coz the new guy always want to do something new and Fs the whole game"and one other thing"IF IT IS NOT BROKEN DONT FIX IT"

gary102500
gary102500

I agree with you Mechasmic THQ sucks.

Mechasmic
Mechasmic

NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! THQ is the maggot bottom feeders of the game industry. Sorry but as good as AC is, I can no longer support thq after the raping that was homefront. Multiplayer was garbage, and couldn't even get matches with my friends well into a month of owning it. And then they have the nerves to charge for dlc. Get out. What's next from them? An open world western? Please thq do us all a favor and shoot yourselves in the face.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I'm expecting good things from this. Hopefully his project won't be a FPS or some lame puzzle game. XD

attentaeter85
attentaeter85

I love how he came out and just said what everyone is thinking, There are wayyy too many damn shooters out there and people should be allowed to be creative however they want. I miss Patrice.

IAMTHEVIPQUEEN
IAMTHEVIPQUEEN

Patrice was awesomely creative yet down to earth. The new guy they brought for the Assassin Creed series (Amanssio or something) is so full of himself yet has no credentials to back it up. Seems like another case of: got to his head before he proved himself.

Red_Panda455
Red_Panda455

I'm so glad I saw this interview. It made me remimisce using the word "tabarnak" when I was in Canada. I was never quite sure what it meant but my old friends that I made in Canada taught me that, said it was like the F-word. Try censor this gamespot.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

That interview was really good. Good luck Patrice Desilets

bradlbauer
bradlbauer

Best interview on gamespot I've ever seen.

santinegrete
santinegrete

I respect THQ as publisher more than Ubisoft, and in games it's almost the same. I couldn't get into AC saga after trying and purchasing the game 2 times and now THQ bring the creative director to their lines? It's ironic for me.

videogamer008
videogamer008

You know what you are? You are REALLY fantastic. I mean making Assassins Creed games, that what I like about you and your video. I wish that Assassins Creed: Revelations was not going to be the last one in the series because I love Assassins Creed games soooo very much..... I love you, man.

senjutsu
senjutsu

lol, nice to hear this québec accent (I'm from Montréal too)!! =D Don't worry guys, if our english isn't that good, it's simply because we're french, ;)

Zoomer30
Zoomer30

Non-competes are so lame. They figure that if you leave they can have that in there to make sure youll never work in the business again (who can afford to take a YEAR off?) They may as well be honest and say "if you leave, dont plan on ever working in this field again."

darkdragon155
darkdragon155

Ok 1st: even though he left i hope AC series will still be awesome games (gameplay + graphics + story) 2nd: Oh mighty one which is the next success u will bring to us (oh pls let it have ninjas + it 2 be on PC 2 ) :D

dogbert784
dogbert784

THQ (Templar Headquaters) strikes back.

shkar
shkar

My only concern is that ASSASSIN'S CREED franchise would not be negatively affected by this move......Other than I don't acre who hires who ........

Deadly_Nemesis
Deadly_Nemesis

@Nubino Darksiders was a droll and derivative uninspired game. there is a reason it went by un-noticed and that is because everything in it had already been noticed in better games. Not to mention it's over use of can you guess? GREY! The only thing worth noting in that game was Mark Hamill playing the Joker in shadow form.

Nubino
Nubino

actualy this is nice? why? because THQ is good studio.Darksiders was one of the few best hack and slash games,and received so little attention.Hope THQ will sucess with the next one.!

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

THQ badly needs some successful games. I hope his talent - because let's not lie to ourselves, he's got great games on his back - brings us some good, enjoyable games like Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia reboot. It's always good to see people taking risks and creating new IP's, and I'm glad he'll work on a new one.

jack_100
jack_100

i hope he can stay with ubisoft and make many more of assassins creed game after assassins creed revelations is release this year.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

well you know how they say: the more, the merrier...lol

method115
method115

I liked the first Assassins Creed didn't like the second much at all, I just couldn't get into it. The story seemed very confusing to, to many names thrown at you all at once. I'm sure me taking long break between saves didn't help but I couldn't help that. I might get it again and try it out but I don't know yet. I did like how you could build the town and all that.

silverdoe
silverdoe

he also created PoP Sands of Time, and without him. I dont see any sequel to 08' PoP anytime soon, especially with AC released annually. Pity ...

roams
roams

Good for them & him... I hope we get an awesome game out of it :)

darkvaper
darkvaper

Imagine if the new IP is Assassin's Creed Online Hahaha ... Epic Fail in my opinion !! xD

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

As long as it isn't a damn FPS, I'm in. Dude proved his worth with Assassin's Creed. I'm looking forward to seeing the IP he is working on.

macca366
macca366

Good luck and hope you enjoy working at the new studio man ^^

GodGundamNT1
GodGundamNT1

Creative director, not the guy who created Assasins Creed, that was revealed in a Jade Raymond interview when they showed the overweight, pasty skinned, bearded, bald, eye glasses wearing guy unless this is the same dude and he got a makeover and a tupee.

Iridescent406
Iridescent406

Not a huge fan of what THQ puts out, but I have faith that he'll craft a good game.

amiright
amiright

I'm cool with this, I like the new creative director for Assassin's creed a little better, but he still was good at making games. Good luck.

Darnasian
Darnasian

@ziproy And no! Ubisoft didn't ruin the franchise! Just extended Ezio's story. He still had work to do on/with the AC franchise! To bad he's working on THQ now! Maybe he will work on Stalker 2 or another major IP!

Darnasian
Darnasian

@ziproy It's a HE not a SHE!

JJB03
JJB03

i'd perfer him at uni soft to keep assassins creed in check :( did he work on the last one and the one that coming out soon?

bzahediasl
bzahediasl

he is very smart and and he is one of the reasons for success of assassins creed II

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

No! Not THQ!! *Wasted talent incoming*. They better not kill his talent by making him work on Homefront 2!

pszone
pszone

ubisoft gd without you and i wont buy your new game from thq if turn out be rubish

DoomRider13
DoomRider13

Le Quebec domine dans le secteur du jeu video! Je lui souhaite bonne chance dans toutes ses demarches! THQ est une excellente compagnie, donc....

DoomRider13
DoomRider13

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ziproy
ziproy

She had no work at Ubi since they've been milking the crap out of Ezio. They ruined a great franchise

valium88
valium88

Patrice is so natural and seems very easy going. I think part of what makes him such a success is not only that he is a very creative and well educated guy but his belief in freedom probably means he doesn't step on others creativity as well, which is very important in creative team work.

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

i hope he get the chance to be creative in hes next project.

jamyskis
jamyskis

@Rody2k9: I wouldn't bet on it. THQ are just as notorious for limiting their developers' creative freedom as Ubisoft, EA and Activision are. He would have been better off founding his own studio and publishing label. God knows with the weight behind his name he would have almost certainly found the capital to do so.

Rody2k9
Rody2k9

Good, we the gamers win in these moments, AC still remain a great series and now (hopefully) THQ will let this guy take the reins 100% and create a new great IP - hell it is worth taking chances, look at what became of the Assassin's Creed IP.

Nickprovs
Nickprovs

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Terminatort850
Terminatort850

@Sendmn23! He was not responsible for Homefront. Why would you think he was?