Former Assassin's Creed Boss Explains His Move To THQ

Earlier this morning THQ confirmed that Patrice Désilets, the former creative director behind Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed series, was forming a new studio in Montreal for them. Désilets emailed an open letter to Kotaku to explain why. - Ed.

Montréal, October 2010

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"

PS: Kudos to you guys at KOTAKU! You were right all along....


    i knew there was a reason i wasnt looking forward to AC:B as much as i thought i would..

      apparently he'd pretty much finished his entire role on it before he left and it was really just down to polishing it and the multiplayer by the time he left.

      I'm a little wary for were this leaves AC3 though.

    i can totes understand wanting to leave to work under your own label and with your own team and props to him working on new IP, the games industry is way too incestuous at the moment.

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