After years of litigation, Ubisoft and Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Désilets have come to a settlement over the 1666: Amsterdam intellectual property. Ubisoft has turned over ownership to Désilets, and in return he has dropped his ongoing suit.
Désilets worked for Ubisoft Montreal, serving as creative director on the first three Assassin’s creed game. Leaving Ubisoft, he began work at THQ Montreal on 1666: Amsterdam. Following THQ’s bankruptsy however, THQ Montreal, including the in-progress game, were purchased by Ubisoft. Not long after, Désilets was fired from his new position and the game was put on indefinite hold.
Pointing to provisions in his contract with THQ, Désilets claimed ownership of the 1666 IP. Ubisoft however, refused to recognize the developers former contract with THQ, ushering in the legal battle between the parties, lasting since 2013.
Announcing the settlement in a press release, Yannis Mallat, Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft Montréal and Toronto, says, “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.
“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.”
Likewise, Désilets explains, “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.”
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