Ubisoft announced today that they have acquired THQ Montreal AND ABSORBED IT INTO THEIR VERY BEING. By doing this ancient ritual, completed only by speaking in tongues, Ubisoft has also gained the publishing rights to some upcoming games. South Park: The Stick of Truth, which many of you might remember from its hilarious trailer on Spike TV’s Video Game Awards, is one of them (rights to a brand new, unannounced IP were also acquired as part of the deal, but it is being kept a seeecccrrreet at the moment). Acquisitions are not all doom and gloom; speaking about the recent acquirement, Ubisoft Montreal President Yannis Mallat stated, “This deal adds experienced developers to our internal creative teams at a key moment in the cycle of the video game industry.” Indeed, THQ Montreal will be joining the second-largest development staff in the world, with 26 studios in 19 different countries, and more than 6,250 people employed in the subtle, fine, sexy art of video game production. This absorption does not impact Ubisoft’s current fiscal year in any way (I was REALLY hoping that they would rename themselves Ubiques Montreal). South Park: The Stick of Truth, created by Fallout: New Vegas developers Obsidian Entertainment, is still scheduled for release in calendar 2013.
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