'Assassin's Creed' co-creator Patrice Desilets wins ownership of 1666 Amsterdam, calls off Ubisoft lawsuit
May 02, 2016 04:04 AM EDT
Patrice Desilets, co-creator of Assassin's Creed, has won the rights for 1666 Amsterdam, which he was creating at Ubisoft before he was terminated. The lawsuit filed by Desilets over the ownership of the adventure IP ended with Desilets winning the battle. Desilets, who has the trade control over the project, has pulled off his accusation charge against his previous employer from the Superior Court of Quebec.
Meanwhile, the development of 1666 Amsterdam remains in the midway as the creator is busy in his new venture Ancestors. Currently, Desilets is developing Ancestors, a Humankind Odyssey, at his studio Panache Digital Games. According to Ubisoft's chief executive officer, Yannis Mallat, the settlement of this lawsuits has brought relief to everyone, as reported by EUROGAMER.net.
The teams of Ubisoft are attempting to create new projects that would lead the gaming industry in the future, Yannis added. While commenting on the settlement deal, Desilets said he is pleased with the agreement and that he will dedicate his time to the improvement of Ancestors.
"This is what matters most to me today: making the best games and showing the world the creative talent of Quebecers. I also wish every success to the Ubisoft teams," he added.
1666 Amsterdam was initially developed at THQ Montreal and then at Ubisoft under the guidance of its creator Desilets. But the designer of the adventure IP was fired from his post in May 2013.
The termination marked the second time for Desilets to depart from Ubisoft, having left the company in May 2010. In October 2010, Desilets joined the THQ studios, which was acquired by Ubisoft in January 2013 along with the ownership of 1666 Amsterdam. This motivated a legal war between Ubisoft and Desilets that lasted for three years. There was a speculation that the company continued with the title even after they issued a trademark over the project last week, Gameranx reported.
The definition of 1666 Amsterdam remains a puzzle for many game lovers, who are waiting to play the game very soon. According to Movie Pilot, the game will concentrate on Rembrandt Harmenszoon Van Rijn, the Dutch Painter, but the remaining portion of the game remains a mystery.
Recently, Ubisoft rehabilitated the trademark for Beyond Good and Evil. Game developers frequently file a trademark for their project even though it is a costly process. For game lovers, who have been waiting for the release of the ill-fated 1666 Amsterdam, the settlement deal might be an exciting news.