Following their acquisition of THQ Montreal for $2.5 million, Ubisoft has confirmed today that the purchase included a new intellectual property which they intend to work on.
THQ Montreal has been reported to be working on two new games, 1666 and Underdog, the latter of which dropped into the spotlight after THQ’s bankruptcy papers were published.
Patrice Désilets initially was heading 1666, but later left the company in 2010 to help build THQ Montreal. Ubisoft allegedly is looking forward to bringing back Désilets and have him continue working on 1666.
For this purpose Yannis Mallat, president of Ubisoft Montreal met with him yesterday to discuss his position. The executive told the Financial Post:
I’ve known Patrice for a while. Him and I were involved in the making of some great Ubisoft games: Prince of Persia: Sands of Time back in the day in 2002 and 2003 and then together with some core teams we created the Assassin’s Creed franchise.
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. 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.
Apart from that, Ubisoft has also confirmed of its acquisition of South Park: The Stick of Truth, which is scheduled for release this year.