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Assassin’s Creed Creator Reiterates Plans to Develop Amsterdam 1666

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Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Désilets recently confirmed that he still plans on making Amsterdam 1666.

At Reboot Develop, VG247 asked Désilets if he plans to make Amsterdam 1666 at his studio, Panache Digital Games, who is currently working on Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey. Désilets replied: “For sure, Amsterdam 1666 is gonna happen.”

Désilets then went on to say he believes that Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is setting the groundwork for Amsterdam 1666:

“You put the cape on the ape and you’re pretty good to do another game,” Désilets 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.”

The early gameplay footage of Amsterdam 1666 featured an Assassin’s Creed-like open world where the players control animals linked to dark magic (crows, cats, etc). The game originally started development before 2012 under the now-defunct THQ Montreal. The game was cancelled and the rights went to Ubisoft, but Désilets won the IP back in 2016.

Since the game’s original cancellation, Désilets has indicated he has had time to think over and refine his project:

“Now I am thinking about it a little bit. It’ll probably change a little bit,” Désilets explained. “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.”

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Ubisoft Discusses How Uplay Plus Will Improve Communication With Players

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Ubisoft believes that its new subscription service Uplay Plus will help the publisher improve communication with players.

Alain Corre, the executive director of EMEA at Ubisoft, spoke to GamesIndustry.biz where he outlined the vision and strategy for the company’s new subscription service. He explained that Uplay Plus will help boost communication with players, and the feedback it receives will help improve Ubisoft’s games.

“The reason behind our subscription service… it gives more possibilities for our fans to play our games and we can talk to them. We can keep them in our worlds, we can discuss with them and—thanks to what they say and the way they behave—we can feed that back into our games development. When we are in control of that within our ecosystem, we feel it’s beneficial for our fans. That’s ultimately what we want to do; we want to have more contact with them, more interaction, listening more to what they want and improve based on what they say.”

Corre highlighted that Ubisoft will not solely focus its efforts on Uplay Plus; players will still be able to pick up any of the publishers games either physically or as digital downloads. He explained that the company’s strategy moving into a subscription service is to adapt with modern consumer tends of gamers.

“We are still keeping the traditional model whether they buy our games in a store or download them. It’s really a case of offering the possibilities. Consumers are evolving really fast, and we want to adapt to what they want and propose new things to them, as well as keep the other means of distribution.”

Furthermore Ubisoft revealed that Uplay Plus and all past and future games will be available on the Google Stadia. Ubisoft was an early vocal supporter of Google’s new console, especially as the upcoming console focuses solely on streaming games.

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