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Assassin’s Creed co-creator reclaims license to his game, 1666 Amsterdam

by Eric Frederiksen | April 26, 2016April 26, 2016 1:00 pm PST


A man and his creation have been reunited after years in court. Of course, I’m not talking about a child, but rather a video game: 1666 Amsterdam.

After working on Assassin’s Creed for years, Patrice Désilets left to make something new. He started a team with the now-defunct THQ in Montreal. When THQ went under, Ubisoft bought up the team and the license for the game. Shortly after, Ubisoft allegedly fired Désilets and then cancelled the game. Ouch.

After some time in court, Désilets once again has “creative and business control” of 1666. In the time between then and now, he began work on another game, titled Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, and says he’ll continue working on that. 1666 would come after the completion of Ancestors.

Both Désilets and Ubisoft have released statements about the decision. Ubisoft called the decision “good news for everyone,” and wishes their former employee “all the best in his future endeavors.” The tone of the statement makes it clear they’re happy to have it done with. Désilets said in his statement that he’s “glad Ubisoft and I were able to come to an agreement that will allow me to obtain the rights to project 1666 Amsterdam.” He says he’ll be focusing on Ancestors without the distraction of legal proceedings.

It could be a while before we hear more about the property, but we’re happy to see the game back in the hands of its creator.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...