Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets has been successful in his efforts to gain the rights to project 1666 Amsterdam, a title he was creating at the time he was fired by Ubisoft.
A joint statement released by Désilets and the publisher states that the pair have agreed to put an end to the legal dispute, with Désilets withdrawing his legal action against Ubisoft. Ubisoft has given the rights of project 1666 Amsterdam to Désilets, who "will hereafter have all creative and business control over the project".
"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 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."
Yannis Mallat, Chief Executive Officer of Ubisoft Montréal and Toronto, commented: "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."
Exactly what Désilets plans to do with the project remains to be seen, with all focus currently on new game Ancestors.