‘1666 Amsterdam’ is back in ‘Assassin’s Creed’ creator’s hands

I haven’t talked about video games a lot on this Tumblr, so this is a moment where I do that.

Patrice Desilets started 1666 Amsterdam at THQ Montreal. In his agreement with THQ, it was stated that if the company decided not to make the game, its rights would return to Desilets. A few years ago, THQ entered bankruptcy and got bought by Ubisoft. Desilets and Ubisoft had a rocky relationship from when he worked for them before, and though they tried to work together briefly, they split again.

At that point, Ubisoft put 1666 on “indefinite hold” for development. It was a blatant move to keep Desilets from getting the rights back to his own IP. By not actually canceling the game, but also not doing any work on it, Ubisoft could “punish” Desilets within the letter but not the spirit of the contract.

Today, Ubisoft FINALLY gave Desilets the rights back to his own IP.

What that means for me is I can buy Ubisoft games again. I’d been refusing to buy Ubisoft games until they did the right thing and returned the rights to Desilets, and it finally happened.

The main one I’m looking forward to playing is Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. I’m really looking forward to playing as Evie, especially the Jack the Ripper DLC. I’ve heard great things. I’d buy it at full price if the game just came out, but because it’s been 6 months, I’m going to wait until it’s on sale. I feel like I’d be stupid and getting cheated if I didn’t wait.

I heard Watch Dogs is okay, worth playing if it’s $10-15. Far Cry is a maybe. I suddenly remember Child of Light as well. There’s probably other games I’ve forgotten that I’ll get and play.

‘1666 Amsterdam’ is back in ‘Assassin’s Creed’ creator’s hands

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