Patrice Desilets Talks ‘1666’, Could Have Been the ‘New Assassin’s Creed’

By | 3 years ago 

Patrice Désilets may never see 1666 hit store shelves, but that’s not stopping him from informing gamers as to what could have been. More specifically, the former Ubisoft dev is leaving his fans with a juicy morsel, teasing them so that they beg, nay plead, to see this game. And it all starts with a pretty bold comparison.

According to Désilets, 1666 was going to become the new Assassin’s Creed, an exciting new IP with historical trappings. However, instead of a character running around with a sword a la Ezio Auditore, players would be running around with firearms.

Aside from some brief clues about the game, though, Désilets is still keeping most of 1666‘s key details under wraps. That makes sense considering he hopes to reacquire the 1666 IP from Ubisoft as part of his wrongful termination suit. Why spill all the beans on a game you’re still very much invested in?

Unfortunately, we don’t know the likelihood of Désilets winning back the 1666 IP. It would be a shame to see him lose a project he was passionate about, but the business side of games can sometimes be a cruel mistress.

For those that might not know, Désilets was the original creator of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, and he’s considered to be the mastermind behind the series find its footing with AC 2. After Assassin’s Creed 2‘s launch, however, Désilets departed for THQ, where he began work on 1666 with some former Ubisoft cronies.

But, before starting work on 1666, Désilets had to wait out a non-compete clause, which prohibited him from working on a new project for a year. Needless to say, he devoted a lot of time towards 1666, even when he wasn’t working on it. Then THQ gets scooped up by Ubisoft, Patrice gets fired, and all of that is gone in a matter months.

At the time of his departure, the 1666 team was in the midst of pre-production. They were ironing out the finer points of gameplay before they moved on to developing the world.

Now he’s seemingly been divorced from his project against his will, and left to watch Ubisoft put it on the back shelf. We’re not one for conspiracy theories, but knowing 1666 was planned as a new Assassin’s Creed lends even more credence to the rumors that Ubisoft purchased the IP from THQ only to kill it. Again, no truth to the rumors, but stranger and more devious things have happened.

Based on the brief description, does 1666 sound like a game that could rival the Assassin’s Creed franchise? Do you think the game will ever see the light of day?

Source: VG 24/7