Shortly after acquiring the rights to "1666: Amsterdam," game designer Patrice Desilets has shown off the very first footage of the game. The video below showcases the city of Amsterdam in its past glory.
Brandon Sheffield, founder of Necrosoft Games, took the footage during the Reboot Develop conference that was held in Croatia recently, according to Destructoid. Desilets was a speaker at the conference. Sheffield shared that the video showcases an individual actually playing through the game where the protagonist is a man who practices black magic. The gameplay footage shows him controlling a crow, a black cat, and other animals to do his bidding.
The footage was from a build from several years ago as the game, which theme is "be worse than the devil," was initially planned for release to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. However, THQ to which the IP originally belonged declared bankruptcy and the game, along with Desilets, was bought by Ubisoft. It was cancelled shortly after, Desilets was fired, and the lengthy legal battle over its rights ensued.
In 2013, Desilets described the game as "the next Assassin's Creed." He did not reveal any details other than that the game would somehow tie to the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.
Desilets and Ubisoft recently came to an agreement, and in an out-of-court settlement, Ubisoft handed over "1666: Amsterdam's" rights to the "Assassin's Creed" creator as he withdrew his suit against the company.
The game designer, who is now affiliated with Panache Digital Games, is currently working on "Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey." Desilets has not expressed his plans for "1666: Amsterdam" yet, though Forbes believes he will resume its production once development of "Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey" is complete or perhaps even concurrently. The publication adds that the game holds potential to "breathe new life" into the third-person adventure game genre.