Former Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia creative director, Patrice Désilets has started his new job at rival publisher THQ today.
Désilets announced his decision to leave former employer Ubisoft - where he spent more than ten years - last year, and is now working to hire a team to develop "new intellectual properties" for THQ in Montreal, Quebec.
Speaking to CVG, Ubisoft Montreal called Désilets' exit "a shocker".
After the announcement last year Désilets published an open letter to the community, explaining that he delayed the THQ move to this summer out of "respect" to Ubisoft.
"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," he said.
Speaking during E3 last week, THQ's core games boss and CVG comrade Danny Bilson said "I can't wait to hear what he wants to make."