Yannis Mallat, an executive working at publisher Ubisoft, says that the company is looking forward to working with Patrice Desilets, who worked on both Prince of Persia and Assassin’s Creed before leaving the studio in order to join THQ and head its Montreal team.
The executive is quoted by CVG as saying that, “As a matter of fact, I've known Patrice for a while. 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.”
He adds, “We're very happy to look forward to working with him again. As a matter of fact, he's actually in France right now because he's giving a speech at a University. He's coming back tonight and I'm having dinner with him tonight," he added in the interview which reportedly took place yesterday.”
Desilets quit Ubisoft during 2010 and since he joined Ubisoft, he has been involved with two projects, one of them called 1666 and another one that only exists under the codename of Underdog.
It’s unclear whether the former Ubisoft man will take on a new position inside the publisher or he will remain at the Montreal studio that he has created.
Ubisoft has picked up THQ Montreal at auction and the company has also got the rights to the upcoming South Park: The Stick of Truth.
Limited information is available on both 1666 and Underdog and Ubisoft might choose to abandon them both in order to create new titles for the Montreal entity to develop.
Ubisoft is unlikely to revive the Prince of Persia franchise, which has failed to perform well both critically and commercially.
Assassin’s Creed 3 was launched late during 2012 and has done well and the company says that it has closed off the current story arc of the franchise.
Desilets might be recruited to create the next trilogy that will use the same core world but different story and gameplay elements.