The Mystery Game from Assassin's Creed Designer Is Officially in Limbo

Illustration for article titled The Mystery Game from emAssassins Creed/em Designer Is Officially in Limbo

Don’t get your hopes up for seeing the next game from influential designer Patrice Desiletsa mysterious project called 1666anytime soon.


The latest update on 1666’s fate came today during a Ubisoft investor call when company president Yves Guillemot said the following:

"So, for Patrice, after more than two months of discussions with him, we couldn't align our vision both on project development and team management," said Guillemot, "so consequently our collaboration has ended, and we have suspended 1666 for an undisclosed period of time."


When Ubisoft acquired some of the work in development from THQ’s Montreal studio, it seemed like Desilets would be returning to the place where he helped create beloved titles Prince of Persia: Sands of Time and Assassin’s Creed II. But the reunion ended in an acrimonious split from Ubisoft, with Desilets saying he was removed from the premises.

With Desilets no longer at Ubisoft, it was to be expected that 1666 might get cancelled. But, according to Kotaku columnist Superannuation, suspending the game prevents Desilets from getting it back:


So, unless some kind of resolution happens in the future, we may not get any real details about what the game was going to be. Given the quality of games that Desilets has been in charge of, that’s a major bummer.

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Gary Alexander Stott

So essentially, if Desilets gets a good lawyer, then Ubisoft will be forced to either set a rough date for resuming work on 1666 (so that the indefinite hold actually becomes a hold, rather than just a cancellation in disguise) or simply give the IP back to its rightful owner.

I don't see why they wouldn't want him to have it if they're not going to make it themselves.