We've reached out to Ubisoft regarding the status of Patrice Désilets, the former creative lead on Assassin's Creed 2 who left Ubisoft quite publicly for THQ back in 2011. "It's too soon to say for certain, but we are very excited about THQ Montreal becoming part Ubisoft," a company representative said. "In the coming weeks we'll be looking at how to offer an organizational structure that provides continuity for the creative teams involved. Unannounced projects from THQ Montreal are included as part of the acquisition.
"We are very excited to welcome the experienced and talented people from THQ Montreal to our internal development teams, and are convinced that they will be bringing a lot to the group."
Ubisoft still plans to launch South Park: The Stick of Truth in calendar 2013.
Company Also Acquires Rights To South Park:
The Stick Of Truth
PARIS, FRANCE – January 23, 2013 – Today, Ubisoft announced the acquisition of THQ Montreal as well as the publishing rights for the upcoming South Park: The Stick of Truth video game, being developed externally by Obsidian.
"This deal adds experienced developers to our internal creative teams at a key moment in the cycle of the video game industry," said Yannis Mallat, president of Ubisoft Montreal.
In addition to the team at THQ Montreal, Ubisoft also acquired a new, yet-to-be announced IP in development at the studio. THQ Montreal will join Ubisoft's development teams, already the second-largest in-house development staff in the world with 26 studios in 19 countries and more than 6,250 people dedicated to video game production.
South Park: The Stick of Truth
South Park: The Stick of Truth is being developed by Obsidian Entertainment, the studio behind Fallout: New Vegas, and is scheduled for release in calendar 2013.
This acquisition has no material impact on Ubisoft's current fiscal year (2012/13).