1666 Amsterdam Legal Dispute Ends, Ubisoft Hands Over Rights to Patrice Désilets

April 25, 2016 Written by Jason Dunning

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With Patrice Désilets reportedly seeking $400,000 and the rights to purchase 1666 Amsterdam from Ubisoft back in 2013 after getting fired by the company, the two announced today that their legal dispute has ended.

As part of the agreement, Ubisoft has handed over the rights of 1666 Amsterdam to Désilets, who will now have full creative and business control over the project. Additionally, Désilets has withdrawn his legal action against Ubisoft from the Superior Court of Québec.

Désilets, who founded Panache Digital Games at the end of 2014, said he’ll be focusing all of his attention on the upcoming Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey:

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. 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, CEO of Ubisoft Montréal and Toronto, said:

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.

Désilets didn’t say at this time if he had any plans to continue work on 1666 Amsterdam.

[Source: Patrice Désilets, Panache Digital Games]