THQ announces Montreal studio, adds Patrice Désilets as head

Tuesday, 19th October 2010 11:19 GMT By Johnny Cullen


THQ’s is to open a new studio in Montreal next year, and has hired ex-Assassin’s Creed boss Patrice Désilets to head it up.

Désilets, who was creative director on the series and on Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time for Ubisoft before moving up to a lead role on the Assassin’s Creed franchise, will be tasked to hire a team of developers for the new studio, which will open next summer.

Désilets’s team at THQ Montreal will create a new IP, while another team will handle an existing THQ IP or a new IP. A US designer will head that line-up.

“The best way we can deliver fresh, high-quality gaming experiences is by working with the best talent. THQ is delighted to have the opportunity to make a brilliant addition to our team next year with Patrice Désilets,” said THQ core boss Danny Bilson.

“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.”

Bilson told GI in an interview that he expects a head-count of over 400 people at THQ Montreal within five years.

Désilets left Ubisoft Montreal back in June on the weekend before E3, where he took a “creative break from the industry” after completing work on Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.

Bilson had hinted Désilets’s move to THQ in an interview with VG247 that was published two weekends ago.

“We’re gonna announce another piece of talent in two weeks that’s a big game-maker,” he told us.

“On October 19, I believe, we’re gonna announce this other big game-maker joining us.”

THQ’s courted an excellent spread of developers within the past year, including Tomonobu Itagaki’s Valhalla Games Studios on Devil’s Third and Double Fine, who developed Costume Quest and a yet to be announced downloadable title for the publisher.




  1. Blerk

    THQ mean business, apparently! Looking forward to seeing what he comes up with.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. mescalineeyes

    at least someone was man enough to keep his beard :>

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Johnny Cullen

    Fair play to THQ. They’re on a massive roll as of late.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. V_Ben

    THQ is quickly becoming awesome. Hope they keep it up.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    That’s a bloody awesome kill. Amazing scenes.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. The_Red

    THQ really is on a role. So far, I’ve some of their new games like DarkSiders, hopefully they can keep both the quality and the ambition.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    Good luck.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. No_PUDding

    Well done THQ, I will stand and pay attention to anything Desilet makes. Clever man. Original Assassins Creed is best.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. DaMan


    #9 4 years ago
  10. JL

    @2 Will be disappointed if Désilets isn’t sporting a true wild-man Al Gore beard when he comes back from the wilderness in 2011

    Oh, and :@ at the banner pic slug

    #10 4 years ago
  11. AHA-Lambda

    wow thq is rly bringing it lately :O

    and to think that before now i’ve never been interested in any of their games but desilet and del toro? fuck yea!

    #11 4 years ago
  12. KrazyKraut

    ppl what is going on??????

    Glen Schofield and Michael Condrey, create Dead Space, leave EA.

    Ex-IW_Founder + Acti Bitchfight

    And now this guy here. I see a dark turn in the AC franchise…

    #12 4 years ago

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