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First Footage Of 1666: Amsterdam Emerges From European Conference

by Elise Favis on Apr 30, 2016 at 07:42 AM

Panache Digital Games founder and former Assassin's Creed creative director, Patrice Desilets, has unveiled the first footage of the unreleased 1666: Amsterdam game.

The YouTube video showing the footage was recorded by journalist Brandon Sheffield while Desilets presented the gameplay during a European developers conference. The four minute long footage showcases a mysterious protagonist, and players can control animals such as a black cat. The protagonist makes his way through the city whilst taking down his foes one by one. Considering this was a game originally slated for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, the build seen in the video is from last generation. You can view the video below.

Earlier this week, we found out that Desilets was returned the full rights and assets to 1666: Amsterdam, following a lengthy legal battle between him and Ubisoft. The two parties were able to settle outside of court and Desilets dropped the lawsuit. The game was originally created at THQ Montreal, and was later acquired by Ubisoft when the developer bought out the company. After the firing of Desilets from Ubisoft, 1666: Amsterdam's development had halted.

You can read more about the drawn-out lawsuit in our long form, detailed feature Life After Ubisoft.

 

Our Take
It's unclear how Desilets and his studio Panache plan to go forward with 1666, but it's a relief to see that he's finally been returned his rights to the game. It may be a while yet until we see this game release as Desilets is currently working on the game Ancestors. 1666 looks to be still pulling off an Assassin's Creed vibe, but there seems to be a supernatural twist, along with the ability to play as certain animals.