If you follow industry gossip at all, you’ll know that Ubisoft’s acquisition of THQ Montreal is a little bit amusing, because the studio was founded when Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desiléts jumped ship to THQ, taking so many former colleagues with him that Ubisoft sought an injunction against its rogue agent.
Desiléts is yet to speak out about the acquisition, but Ubisoft Canada boss Yannis Mallat seems pretty calm about it. “I’ve known Patrice for 13 years and I know him very well, he’s a great talent and I respect him as a creator. We’re very happy to look forward to working with him again,” Mallat told the Financial Post.
THQ Montreal employs around 170 staff and was working on two new IPs, codenamed 1666 and Underdog, which Ubisoft now owns. Ubisoft already has extensive offices in Montreal, where its flagship development studio boasts one of the highest headcounts in the world and has fingers in practically every triple-A Ubi pie.