Ubisoft ends lawsuit with Assassin’s Creed creator, hands over 1666 Amsterdam

All’s well that ends well

Ubisoft and Patrice Désilets have kissed and made up. Or at least buried the hatchet.

Today, the Assassin’s Creed creator announced plans to withdraw legal action against Ubisoft after reaching an agreement with the publisher that will give him the rights to 1666 Amsterdam.

“I’m glad Ubisoft and I were able to come to an agreement that will allow me to obtain the rights to project 1666 Amsterdam,” Désilets said in a statement. “I will now devote myself entirely to the development of Ancestors: the Humankind Odyssey, my next game with Panache Digital Games. This is what matters most to me today: making the best games and showing the world the creative talent of Québecers. I also wish every success to the Ubisoft teams.” 

Désilets originally left Ubisoft in 2010 after spending more than a decade with the company working on the Assassin’s Creed, Rainbow Six, and Prince of Persia series. The following year he joined THQ Montréal, which was sold to Ubisoft in 2013 as part of THQ’s bankruptcy and subsequent demise.

That year, depending on who you ask, Désilets was either fired or left Ubisoft of his own volition. Shortly afterward, Ubisoft cancelled development of THQ Montréal and Désilets’ project 1666 Amsterdam.

In 2014, Désilets founded independent Montréal-based studio Panache Digital Games, which is currently developing Ancestors: the Humankind Odyssey, a survival game about early human evolution.

Ubisoft and Patrice Désilets have come to an agreement over the rights to project 1666 Amsterdam [Panache Digital Games via Patrice Désilets]

Kyle MacGregor Burleson