It has been nearly 3 years since code-named project 1666 was put on an indefinite hiatus — according to a new recent listing in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Ubisoft has filed for “1666” under Class 9.
1666 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.
As mentioned above, the filing includes Class 9 (game software). This is entirely separate to Class 41 (online component to game software), which can be anything from leaderboards to multiplayer. It is worth noting that Ubisoft already has a US trademark listing for “1666” for Class 9 and Class 41 that dates back to February 22, 2012.
Ubisoft has been in the news lately regarding a European trademark filing for “Beyond Good & Evil”. While there is no certainty behind trademark filings, the costly process is normally evidence that a company has something in the works. Let us know in the comments your best guesses on what 1666 may be.