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See gameplay from 1666: Amsterdam, by the director of the first two Assassin's Creeds

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Rights to the project reverted to Patrice Desilets this week, but it is not in development

Footage of 1666: Amsterdam, which was to have been the next big console game from the creative director ofthe first two Assassin's Creeds, has surfaced from a presentation in Europe. It's a video-of-a-video, but you can watch it above.

The journalist Brandon Sheffield captured the video, which shows the game's title sequence and initial gameplay, in which the player appears to be a mysterious cloaked figure who can control animals and cause terrifying hallucinations. Sheffield said the game's premise was "be worse than the devil," which is why the player controls rats, crows, black cats and other animals linked to black magic.

1666: Amsterdam was in development at THQ Montreal when Ubisoft bought the studio and the project and fired creator Patrice Desilets. Desilets was the creative director on Assassin's Creed, Assassin's Creed 2 and partly on Assassin's Creed Brotherhood until leaving Ubisoft in 2010.

1666: Amsterdam was to have launched on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, Sheffield said. Just this week, Desilets and Ubisoft settled a lawsuit in which the rights to 1666: Amstedam were returned to Desilets. However, Desilets is working on another game, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey for Panache Digital Games, meaning there is no active development on 1666: Amsterdam.