When THQ went down back in 2013, it went through the normal routine that a business goes through when it shuts down: its properties are auctioned off to other companies to do as they wish with it.
Some got left by the wayside, others managed to find a buyer, and some, like Game 1666, have been trademarked.
1666 was one of the THQ games that was picked up by Ubisoft when THQ went down, and was originally the brainchild of Patrice Désilets, the creator of the Assassin’s Creed series.
It would have most likely been set in the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands in the year 1666. For historical context, 1666 is right in the middle of the Second Anglo-Dutch War, a war between England and the Dutch Republic (the precursor nation to the Netherlands).
When THQ went down, Désilets moved back to Ubisoft but was fired shortly after. From there, after several months of legal battles, the game has apparently been languishing at Ubisoft for three years, but now it seems like Ubisoft is ready to move on with it (though without the “Amsterdam” subtitle).
If it’s even an Assassin’s Creed game, it would actually be a substantial step backwards in time for the Assassin’s Creed series. The last five games (Assassin’s Creed 3, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, and Assassin’s Creed Rogue) all took place in the 18th and 19th centuries (the 1700s and 1800s), so for the series to go backwards to the 17th century could be seen as a step to keep the series from becoming too modern.
Either way, we’ll have to see what becomes of Game 1666. 2016 will be a year without an Assassin’s Creed game, so we’ll either get one announced at E3 in preparation for next year, or this is just routine trademark upkeep done by many companies and nothing will come of it yet.