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