Ubisoft and Assassin’s Creed Creator Settle Over 1666: Amsterdam Property Rights

on April 25, 2016 1:10 PM

According to the esteemed creator of Assassin’s Creed Patrice Désilets, he has settled his three year litigation with Ubisoft over property rights for 1666 Amsterdam. News comes by way of a press release by Désilets, stating that Ubisoft has relinquished their right to the title in exchange for “withdrawing his legal action against Ubisoft from the Superior Court of Québec.

1666: Amsterdam started as a THQ Montreal game before THQ declared bankruptcy. The studio, as well as the 1666 intellectual property, was then purchased by Ubisoft. 1666‘s lead developer Patrice Desilets — creator of Assassin’s Creed — eventually parted ways with Ubisoft in a messy spat over 1666‘s creative direction and ownership of property rights. After becoming subject to court litigation, the project was announced indefinitely suspended by Ubisoft.

And while this is a fairy tale ending for Désilets, it in many ways begs a few questions: what does Désilets plan to do with the property with his current game, Ancestors: the Humankind Odyssey already in the works? Was Ubisoft’s recent trademark of “1666” a start of a new project, legal strategy, or hints of an upcoming collaboration?

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