Désilets’ 1666 “the new Assassin’s Creed” 
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Geoffrey Tim
July 9, 2013 at 11:00 am

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The back-and-forth between Ubisoft and former employee and Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Désilets has not been pleasant. We guessed that Ubisoft might have snapped up Désilets’ 1666 from the embers of THQ because it was a potential threat to its Assassin’s Creed empire – and that Désilets was “let go” and his team disbanded as a giant “up yours” from his former employer. That might be the case. 

“It was to be the new Assassin’s Creed,” Désilets said of 1666 in an interview with Gamereactor (via Gameranx.) “The first year was to build the team, to study [the historical era], but also to create a new IP.”

We’ve been shown very little about the game, which was in pre-production. Désilets says his team was focused on gameplay and mechanics for the time being.

“It was not easy because I was a little guy jumping around with a sword, and [we] were making a shooter. We were trying something different, to expand borders again,” he said. As far as the actual narrative and just how it might compete with Assassin’s Creed and its grand tales of conspiracy, Désilets said:

“Rembrandt was still alive in 1666, died in 1669. I took one of his most famous paintings, The Philosopher, and put it in the design documents – so I referred to this matter, more or less.”

Désilets is currently fighting to regain control of the 1666 IP, which Ubisoft has put “on hold.”

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces.I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.I am also the emperor of the backend

  • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

    Hmmmm, interesting

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    This is not going to end pretty at all.

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      agreed

  • Vampyre Squirrel

    Ummmm… Geoff… your proof reading needs some work :P

    • Hesperus Phosphorus

      You mean proofreading? ;P

      • Trevor Davies

        There’s no evidence of that ;)

        • Hesperus Phosphorus

          No evidence of what? The proofreading? That much is obvious! ;D

  • RinceWind

    Mmm, this is going to end as bad as Geoff’s proof reading ;) lol

    • Vampyre Squirrel

      hahaha!!!

      • http://www.twitter.com/WobblyOnion Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

        DICKS, the LOT OF YOU!

        • TiMsTeR1033

          I didnt see any mistakes lol

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          That’s the first thing you think of???

          O_O

          • RinceWind

            0-O

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Yeah, and not one, multiple it seems!

          • RinceWind

            Le Worry!

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Indeed. We (and by we I mean you) must send him some boobies, STAT

          • RinceWind
          • Vampyre Squirrel

            Demand*
            lol

          • RinceWind

            Already there, but thanks! ;)

        • RinceWind

          I thought maybe you were in character, like, speaking the French… lol

        • RinceWind

          Ps. We been having it! lol

          • Vampyre Squirrel

            There’s still one issue with grammar up there…

          • RinceWind

            yeup, Didn’t want to give it away, so went with the Vodacom ad as a hint ;)

        • Vampyre Squirrel

          LOL! Thanks Geoff.

        • Airborne

          That’s MISTER Dicks to you….

          • RinceWind

            “That’s” HAHAHAH! Grammar Nazi, HOOOO!

          • Airborne

            Thanks for the heads-up… Geoff would have pounced on that.

  • RinceWind

    I always wondered, how far does protection of IP go with developers. I get that you are hired by a company to work on something, but do you really hold no artistic rights to your creations?

    • Airborne

      Yup… the choices are as simple as they are scary… a) Be damn creative but try to find funding/make a living or b) Work for some-one and let them take all the glory (and the rights).

      • RinceWind

        Agreed. On the one hand I can understand a company wanting to protect its investment, but I think more and more that is killing creativity in the market.

      • Argentil

        Ja, it’s a pity. These creators pour their lives into their projects, make the masterpiece of their respective lifetimes, and promptly have to let go of their creations to get it out there. I wonder how game publishing compares to book publishing. If game creation didn’t require large teams, and put the names of the creators out there, like books, it might not be as much of a problem. As it stands, developers hardly earn recognition for the games they create, and individuals are considered disposable by the corporations backing them

        • RinceWind

          Well said. Not sure if you have read the Shining Girls by lauren Beukes, but she was saying that she was actually allowed to run with her own creativity, and team of researchers. Which is why the book rocks harder than a 70’s Greek porn star.

          • Trevor Davies

            Am I alone in wondering how hard does a 70’s greek porn star rock so that I can make an accurate comparison?

          • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

            Was wondering and immediately applied mind-bleach to block image

          • Airborne

            YES! You, my friend, are almost alone. Geoff seems to know a bit on the subject.

          • RinceWind

            Hhahahahah!

          • Hesperus Phosphorus

            Decent concept but pulpy execution.

          • RinceWind

            You really thought so? I thought the execution was spot on, from the different tones of the characters through the ages, to the visceral descriptions of certain events.

          • Hesperus Phosphorus

            I did. It’s a fun ride but I was left somewhat underwhelmed. It reminded me a bit of American Psycho in that the concept and narrative are far more interesting than the reading of the book itself… still, both kept the pages turning. That said, I’m curious (with optimistic trepidation) to see what they can do with the planned on-screen adaptation.

          • RinceWind

            Ah, I see what you mean. And agreed. Yeah, I believe ol Di Caprio’s production company has bought the rights. I wonder who would make good main characters!

  • TiMsTeR1033

    Its a shame how ubisoft did that.

  • Trevor Davies

    He said, she said… truth is somewhere in the middle.

  • Ultimo_Cleric N7

    Wow. This is almost as messy as Kesha’s personal Hygiene..

    • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

      Ok, I’m not “hip” to celebrity gossip, but I’m intrigued to your statement?

      • Ultimo_Cleric N7

        She is a very dirty girl Admiral, and not the sxy kind. The disgusting “I havent washed myself in a week” kind.

        • Admiral Chief Groot Wors

          [Admiral Chief Stamp of Disgust]