Assassin's Creed

After a lengthy wait, Patrice Désilets has finally begun work at THQ’s new Montreal studio. He’ll assume the role of creative director, the same title he held while working at Ubisoft Montreal on the Assassin’s Creed series and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

The move was originally announced this past October. Désilets said at the time he would be waiting until summer 2011 before starting work at THQ “out of respect.” It was later revealed that he had a non-compete clause in his Ubisoft contract that kicked into effect when he parted ways with the company last June.

“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,” he said as a part of today’s announcement. “I plan to build an incredibly talented team at THQ, and am very anxious to get started on creating a new project.”

It has not yet been announced what he’ll be working on except that he’ll be developing new IPs.

Following Désilets’ and other Ubisoft Montreal staffers’ departures, Ubisoft alleged that THQ was poaching talent from its Montreal-based studio, leading to a series of injunctions against THQ.

By Chris Pereira