Former Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia head, Patrice Désilets has said he delayed his move to rival publisher THQ by a year out of "respect" to former employer Ubisoft.
The ex-Ubisoft star announced this morning that he's to form a new team and studio to develop new intellectual properties for THQ in Montreal, Quebec - but not until next summer.
Désilets explained in an open letter to the community that the stop gap is due to "various reasons and mostly out of respect for those who gave me my first chance in the industry."
" Hello everyone,
As you may know, last May, I made the difficult decision to leave Ubisoft after 13 incredible years. I felt that it was the right time for me to pursue new opportunities as well as enjoy life outside the industry. Since then, a lot of speculation and rumours grew as to where the next chapter of my career would bring me.
Today, I am happy to share with you my decision to join forces with THQ. Under my own label and team, which has yet to be created, I will be making my next few games within THQ's Montreal-based studios.
I am very eager to start working on new games, but for various reasons and mostly out of respect for those who gave me my first chance in the industry, I will not be working on any projects until Summer of 2011.
Now I will go back to my obliged creative hibernation and enjoy spending time with my family... I can't wait to see you all at E3 2011 where I will be revealing a lot more. Until then, I hope you all buy and enjoy AC: Brotherhood and Homefront:) I know I will.
Thank you, see you soon.
Patrice Désilets A.K.A "the beard"
According to the man himself at least then, the "creative break from the industry" he's taken isn't all contractual obligations stating he can't join rival publishers for a certain period.
Speaking to CVG, Ubisoft Montreal called Désilets' exit "a shocker".