Ubisoft told investors today that the development of 1666 has been temporarily suspended.
The company had just acquired 1666 from the THQ bankruptcy auction in January. According to CEO Yves Guillemot, they couldn’t “align its vision on development and team management” with Assassins’s Creed director Patrice Desilets.
“After more than two months of discussion with Desilets, we couldn’t align our vision both on project development and team manavement, so consequently our collaboration has ended. We have suspended development on 1666 for an undisclosed time,” Guillemot told Games Industry International.
Desilets was fired from Ubisoft last week. Gaming sleuth Superannuation allegedly states that Desilets’ contract made clear that the IP rights to the game are to be returned to him in the event that it gets cancelled.
“Desilets contract specifies that IP rights revert to him in event of the game’s cancellation, similar to the arrangement Del Toro had w/ THQ,” Supperannuation tweeted.
Guillemot also revealed two unannounced titles, one of which is a new IP. Both are expected to launch alongside the rest of Ubisoft’s upcoming titles including Splinter Cell: Black List, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and Watch Dogs.