News: No, not Jade Raymond, the other guy.
Patrice D?silets, the creative director of the Assassin's Creed series, will be leaving Ubisoft next year. The developer will join forces with THQ to form a new studio in Montreal for the publisher.
Next Summer, D?silets and his team will begin work on several brand new properties for THQ. Obviously, any details about these games, or what systems they may appear on, has yet to be finalized.
"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 D?silets," said Danny Bilson, THQ Executive Vice President, Core Games. "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."
Even though it's still nearly a year away, THQ is thrilled to be working with D?silets.
Bilson added, "Simply put, we can't wait for Patrice to join THQ. Patrice brings a passion for games rich with action-packed sequences, gripping characters and cinematic flair, and we're all looking forward to having him and his newly formed team develop an all new franchise with us."
We'll have more soon.