Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Désilets has confirmed he still plans to work on the mysterious Amsterdam 1666, which first began development back in 2012 before it was tied up in an IP rights battle between Désilets and Ubisoft.
In an interview with VG247 at Reboot Develop, Désilets said, “For sure, Amsterdam 1666 is gonna happen.”
Amsterdam 1666 first came to light back in 2012 after Désilets joined THQ Montreal to work on the elusive title. But due to financial troubles in 2013, THQ was bought by Ubisoft, who in turn owned the rights to the game. After Désilets was fired, he fought to regain the rights and successfully got 1666 back in 2016.
Not long after he won the rights back, concept art was revealed, and some footage (seen below) of the game also surfaced - showing what was then described as an open world Assassin's Creed-esque game set in Amsterdam, where you supposedly play a character with ties to the devil.
Since then, it’s been pretty quiet on the Amsterdam front while Désilets works on the upcoming open-world survival game, Ancestors: Humankind Odyssey. In the interview with VG247, Désilets, who founded Panache Studios, hinted that Humankind Odyssey has given him a “toolbox” that could very well lay down the foundations of 1666’s future development:
“You put the cape on the ape and you’re pretty good to do another game.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.”
From the sounds of it, the original concept of the game will likely change quite a lot, with Désilets ending the interview by saying, “I’ll probably change a little bit. You were more like the devil’s apprentice than the actual devil. Once I finish this and then, ‘Okay what’s next? If it’s Amsterdam 1666, I’ll probably restart from scratch.”
It’ll probably be quite some time before we actually see anything come from this. But given its rocky history, it’s good to know we may very well actually get to one day play this mysterious game.