Over the past few years Ubisoft and Patrice Désilets have been at odds over the rights to the mysterious 1666 Amsterdam project Désilets was working on before leaving Ubisoft.
As of today, the dispute has been resolved granting the rights to the project back to Désilets who is currently working on his new project, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey at his studio, Panache Digital Games.
From the press release:
“Putting aside our past differences, Patrice and I are above all interested in the creation of videogames and the evolution of this medium of entertainment,” said Yannis Mallat, Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft Montréal and Toronto. “This agreement is good news for everyone. Ubisoft’s creative teams are currently working on innovative projects that will mark our industry for years to come. This is precisely where we want to focus our energy, on our teams, to continue what we have been building in Quebec for nearly 20 years. As we have always said, Patrice is a talented designer and we wish him all the best in the development of his future endeavours.”
“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,” said Mr. Désilets. “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 Quebecers. I also wish every success to the Ubisoft teams.”
Ancestors is an episodic game which will focus on the key moments in mankind’s history. Very few details about the game have been released at this point in time, so it’ll be interesting to see if the game is finally revealed at this year’s E3 or if we’ll have to wait a little longer.
If you’re interested in 1666 Amsterdam, Panache Digital Games have released a collage of concept art from the game which might give you an idea of what was being worked on. You can check it out below.
Stay tuned for further updates on both Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey and 1666 Amsterdam as we have them. Don’t expect to see 1666 anytime soon as Ancestors is currently the primary focus for Panache Digital Games.