The footage, revealed by creator Patrice Desilets during a presentation in Europe, was to be titled 1666 and was intended to be the “New” Assassin’s Creed game before the developer THQ Montreal closed down. The video shown below is the first ever footage released of 1666:
The footage revealed a progressional whirlwind of 16th century historical art and quickly turns to the viewer trailing after a crow making its way across a beautiful landscape bathed in the rising sunlight. Paired with a beautiful song with operatic tones, the scene is almost serene. That is – until it lands on a corpse strung up equipped with lips receding from decay as the bird begins to peck at his lifeless eyes. Armed now with the dead man’s eye, the journey through waterscapes and narrow alleys resumes until we meet a mysteriously cloaked man that claims the eye for himself. Without giving too much a way, a series of unfortunate and ghastly events occur as the tempo of the music becomes more fevered and frantic. Sheffield described the game’s themes by saying this:
The Game’s theme is ‘be worse than the devil,’ which is why the protagonist can control animals traditionally associated with dark magic.
If the footage appealed to you, don’t worry – 1666 may not be a lost cause. Desilets recently re-obtained the rights to the shelved game as part of a settlement between himself and Ubisoft.
We know very little about this would-be title but what we do know is that 1666 was set to take place in Amsterdam and follow closely with renowned painter during the Baroque age: Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.
So? What do you guys think? Personally as a huge Assassin’s Creed fan (and one that was immensely disappointed with the release of Unity), I think that this would be an interesting turn for the series. Is it the Egyptian mysticism or the Japanese Feudalism that people have been asking for? No, but the series is going to be around for the foreseeable future and if they are willing to take artistic steps such as this, my hope will once again make the slow climb back upwards.