Assassin's Creed creator says 1666 Amsterdam is still happening 'for sure'

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Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets is busy making prehistoric survival game Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey (opens in new tab), the first game from his Montréal-based studio Panache. But his next project may well be 1666 Amsterdam, the IP he sued Ubisoft for control of in 2013 (opens in new tab), he revealed this week.

Désilets was initially heading up the development of 1666 Amsterdam, an open world game about the devil, at THQ. The studio folded in 2013, and was purchased by Ubisoft, who Désilets had left back in 2010. Ubisoft therefore had control of the project. They then fired Désilets, who sued to gain full rights to the game, which he eventually did in 2016. 

We haven't heard much about it since, but this week Désilets told VG247 (opens in new tab) that 1666 Amsterdam is "for sure" still going to happen. The jungle traversal elements of Ancestors, such as swinging between trees as an ape, will help feed into any future work on the game, he said. 

"You put the cape on the ape and you’re pretty good to do another game,” he said. “If you think about it, climbing up a tree trunk, climbing a rock, climbing a building façade…It’s like now I’ve got a toolbox.”

When it does eventually happen, it will probably be different to his initial vision, he added. "It’ll probably change a little bit. You were [originally] more like the devil’s apprentice than the actual devil. Once I finish [Ancestors] and then, ‘Okay what’s next?’ If it’s Amsterdam 1666, I’ll probably restart from scratch.”

You can read Andy's hands-on with Ancestors here (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.