Ubisoft Montreal chief executive Yannis Mallat has said he's 'looks forward to working with' Patrice Désilets, the former Assassin's Creed and Prince of Persia creative director.
Désilets quit Ubisoft in 2010 before joining THQ the following year to head up the firm's new Montreal studio.
But in an uncanny turn of events, Ubisoft emerged from this week's major THQ IP auctions as the winning bidder for THQ Montreal, signaling the possible return of Désilets to his former employee - unless he chooses to look elsewhere.
In an interview with the Financial Post, Mallat expressed optimism at the prospect of Désilets' return.
"As a matter of fact, I've known Patrice for a while," he said. "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," he added in the interview which reportedly took place yesterday.
Mallat declined to confirm whether or not Désilets will accept a return to his former employer and remain with the Montreal studio.
The French publisher paid $2.5 million for the Montreal studio which, according to official auction results, is working on two games; the previously-outed '1666', and a new game entitled 'Underdog'.
Désilets is thought to be heading up development of 1666.