“For sure, Amsterdam 1666 is gonna happen.”
Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets recently confirmed that he still plans on making Amsterdam 1666, a game that was originally started up at some point before 2012 under the now defunct THQ Montreal.
At Reboot Develop, VG247 asked Desilet if he plans on making Amsterdam 1666 at his studio, Panache Digital Games, that is currently working on a prehistoric survival game called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.
“For sure, Amsterdam 1666 is gonna happen,” Desilet said.
Desilet went on to discuss how he believes that Ancestors is laying the groundwork for Amsterdam 1666, in which early gameplay showed a style similar to Assassin’s Creed with the player also controlling certain animals linked to dark magic like black cats, crows, and rats.
“You put the cape on the ape and you’re pretty good to do another game,” Desilets explained. “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.”
Not much else is known about Amsterdam 1666, but what is known is that it began at THQ Montreal and was then purchased by Ubisoft in 2013 when THQ dissolved.
Desilet was then fired from Ubisoft a few months later and subsequently sued the company and fought for the Amsterdam 1666 IP. Following a settlement agreement in 2016, Desilet gained back full ownership of the project from Ubisoft.
As for how the concept of Amsterdam 1666 has changed over the years and shift in studios, Desilet has said that it will “probably change a little bit.”
“Now I am thinking about it a little bit. It’ll probably change a little bit,” Desilets said. “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.”
While it may be a while until we see Amsterdam 1666, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey will be released later this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC later this year for $40, and in our latest preview of the title, we said “Ancestors is an intriguing mixture of raw survival and community shaping that [we] find fascinating.”
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who finds this whole Amsterdam 1666 saga quite fascinating. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst.