1666 was to be next Assassin's Creed, says Desilets

Assassins Creed 3

Embittered former lead developer speaks of his ambitions with new project.

Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets has revealed that he planned upcoming title 1666 to be the “new Assassin's Creed” before having the rug pulled out from under him by publisher Ubisoft.

Speaking to GameReactor Spain (via GameRanx), Desilets continued his long standing war of words with French publisher Ubisoft, which he claims forced him off the project after they aquired it from a bankrupt THQ.

"It was to be the new Assassin's Creed! The first year was to build the team, to study [the historical era], but also to create a new IP!,” he explained.

He went on to say that when the project started everything was going on gamplay and mechanics, adding: “We were trying something different, to expand borders again.”

Dropping hints on what he envisioned 1666 to be, he suggested it would be set in Amsterdam and be influenced by Rembrandt.

"Here's the only clue [I'll give]. Rembrandt was still alive in 1666, died in 1669. Took one of his most famous painting, The Philosopher, and put it there [in the design documents for the game], so I referred to this matter, more or less,” said Desilets.

The influential game maker has vowed to regain control of the IP, even if it makes taking legal action against his former employers.


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