Earlier today, we let you know that THQ had hired ex-Ubisoft producer Patrice Désilets (Assassin's Creed 1 and 2), to head up a new studio in Montreal. Are you curious about what Désilets plans to do at THQ? Me too. Luckily, he sent an open letter to Kotaku in order to explain his new position and give a tiny bit of info on his plans.
It's right below the cut.
Hello everyone, As you may know, last May, I made the difficult decision to leave Ubisoft after 13 incredible years. I felt that it was the right time for me to pursue new opportunities as well as enjoy life outside the industry. Since then, a lot of speculation and rumours grew as to where the next chapter of my career would bring me.
Today, I am happy to share with you my decision to join forces with THQ. Under my own label and team, which has yet to be created, I will be making my next few games within THQ’s Montreal-based studios.
I am very eager to start working on new games, but for various reasons and mostly out of respect for those who gave me my first chance in the industry, I will not be working on any projects until Summer of 2011.
Now I will go back to my obliged creative hibernation and enjoy spending time with my family… I can’t wait to see you all at E3 2011 where I will be revealing a lot more. Until then, I hope you all buy and enjoy AC: Brotherhood and Homefront:) I know I will.
Thank you, see you soon.
Patrice Désilets A.K.A “the beard”
I always assume that when high level people make high level moves in the video game industry money has something (or everything) to do with it, but these official statements never say, "They drove a truckload of cash up to my house!"
Monetary cynicism aside, I think it's interesting how THQ is making a lot of moves to become a much bigger, more "serious" game company. What a bummer that we have to wait until E3 to hear what Désilets is working on in his new studio... betcha it's something amazing.