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Ubisoft: 1666 suspended, two new titles in 2013

Wednesday, 15th May 2013 18:29 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Ubisoft announced today during its call to investors that it has suspended development of 1666, one of the projects it picked during the THQ Auction in January. According to the firm’s CEO, Ubisoft couldn’t “align its vision on development and team management” with Patrice Désilets.

Yves Guillemot said the firm had two months worth of discussions with Desilets on the projects, which ended the intended “collaboration,” and thus 1666 has been suspended for an “undisclosed period of time.”

“After more than two months of discussion with [Désilets], we couldn’t align our vision both on project development and team management, so consequently our collaboration has ended. We have suspended development on 1666 for an undisclosed time,” said Guillemot during the call (thanks, GI International).

Désilets was fired from the firm earlier this month, and according to Superannuation, Désilets’s contract specifies that IP rights revert to him should the game become cancelled. This was similar to the contract Guillermo Del Toro had with THQ with inSANE.

Super states that Ubisoft “indefinitely suspending production” on 1666 is “a way for them to cancel the game without giving back the IP rights” per the contract. Now, take that for what it is considering we haven’t seen the THQ contract ourselves. Not that we think he’s fibbing, just we can’t confirm it at this moment.

Elsewhere in the call, Guillemot said the firm has two unannounced projects in the works and one is a new IP. Both will be part of its current fiscal year line-up, as noted in its financial report, including Splinter Cell: Black List, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, and Watch Dogs.

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9 Comments

  1. CaptPierce

    In other words: “Start crankin’ out that AC4 DLC, guys! Money isn’t gonna print itself!”

    #1 1 year ago
  2. Malmer

    Don’t buy stuff you don’t intend to use! They should’ve let the man run his team as they did prior to acquisition. Maybe something glorious could’ve come out of it. Now all that is left is ashes and wasted money.

    I guess not fired team members will be incorporated into other projects, now that the project they fought for has been crushed. Assassin’s Creed 23 maybe. Now with even more pointless things to do and no coherent game design and vision.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. ps3fanboy

    ubisoft are aholes, nothing more to say here…..

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Max Payne

    Probably look too similar or ideas/story/settings that can be implemented in Assassin creed.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. expose the core

    The reason they bought 1666 was to prevent it from competing with the Assasins Creed franchise?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Beta

    Why the hell did they buy it then?

    #6 1 year ago
  7. YoungZer0

    They truly messed this one up, didn’t they?

    #7 1 year ago
  8. salarta

    Read: they wanted an excuse to prevent 1666 from being made without actually canceling it.

    I didn’t even care about 1666 before, realistically I probably would never have even bought it due to being indifferent. Now, I’m definitely not buying Black Flag. Ubisoft can either re-hire Desilets or revert the IP rights to him, or else fuck off as far as I’m concerned after recent events.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. MadFingerz

    @6 To get to fire Désilets, obviously

    #9 1 year ago

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