In light of the recent firing of Patrice Desilets, creative mind behind the Assassin’s Creed series, Ubisoft has officially suspended the production of his game, 1666. CEO Yves Guillemot confirmed the cancellation in a recent fiscal earnings call.
“After more than two months of discussions with [Desilets], we couldn’t align our vision both on project development and team management, so consequently our collaboration has ended, and we have suspended 1666 for an undisclosed period of time.”
Patrice Desilets recently found his way back into Ubisoft after his old employer, THQ Montreal, was bought out by Ubisoft in January. He first left Ubisoft in 2010 following the conclusion of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood.
Desilets has claimed he will fight Ubisoft’s “baseless actions” and “vigorously for his rights, for his team and for his game.”
Little was ever known about Desilets’ mysterious game 1666, but given his obvious love of history, evidenced by the Assassin’s Creed series, it is believed to have taken place during the Great Fire of London which burned the city to the ground in the year 1666.
If that were the case, it would be a real shame. Desilets has shown he can rework time periods into great historical conspiracies, and a mystery game set amongst a flaming city would be an amazing experience.
I hope Ubisoft eventually comes around to the idea, but it is unlikely as it already has a blockbuster series with similar themes on its hands. Chalk this one up as one of the casualties of THQ’s bankruptcy.