Ubisoft has announced the acquisition of THQ Montreal as well as the publishing rights for the upcoming South Park: The Stick of Truth, developed externally by Obsidian.

"This deal adds experienced developers to our internal creative teams at a key moment in the cycle of the video game industry," said Yannis Mallat, president of Ubisoft Montreal.

THQ Montreal will join Ubisoft's development teams, already the second-largest in-house development staff in the world with 26 studios in 19 countries and more than 6,250 people dedicated to video game production.

The future of Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets, who left Ubisoft to work on a new game project at THQ Montreal in June 2010, wasn't mentioned by Ubisoft. However, his new IP has been acquired by Ubisoft.

South Park: The Stick of Truth has been handed a calendar 2013 release date.

Source: Press release

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