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

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

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.

Madden NFL 16 is free this weekend on Xbox One

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Madden NFL 16 is free this weekend on Xbox One

It's got a high motor, big upside, good Wonderlic score ...

If all the hype about the NFL Draft this weekend (which is still going on, by the way!) has you thinking about football, Madden NFL 16 is free for everyone on Xbox Live this weekend.

The game is available for download and play all of today, tomorrow and Monday (it deactivates at 3 a.m. ET on Tuesday). Madden NFL 16 has also been in the EA Access library of games since February, meaning subscribers to that service already have it for as long as they want.

DC Universe Online now available for Xbox One

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DC Universe Online now available for Xbox One

Daybreak's superhero MMO makes the jump from PlayStation

Xbox One owners can now join the battle between DC's superheroes and villains in DC Universe Online, which is available to download on Microsoft's current-gen platform as of today.

Daybreak Game Company announced that the massively multiplayer online superhero game and its 23 episodes are available right now from the Xbox Store. The free-to-play game won't feature cross-platform play with PC players on Xbox One, unlike its PlayStation 4 counterpart. DC Universe Online on Xbox One requires an Xbox Live Gold subscription to play.

Sega developing Shinobi movie with Into the Woods, Wicked producer

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Sega developing Shinobi movie with Into the Woods, Wicked producer

Ninja magic coming to a theater near you

Sega is moving forward with a movie adaptation of one of its classic video game franchises: Shinobi. The company's film and television production arm, Stories International, is working with producer Marc Platt to bring Joe Musashi and his ninja brethren to the big screen.

Platt's credits include films such as Into the Woods, Legally Blonde and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, as well as live productions like the Broadway musical Wicked and Grease Live. Platt and Adam Siegel will produce Shinobi alongside Stories president and CEO Tomoya Suzuki.

Take a look at the average American gamer in new survey findings

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Take a look at the average American gamer in new survey findings

1.7 gamers in every house and two hands on every controller

The Entertainment Software Association has published its annual report on the essential facts about gaming habits in America. Surveying over 4,000 households nationwide, the group collected its findings on how many Americans are playing games — along with what kinds, how often, and just who those gamers are.

Below, you'll find several of the most notable statistics found in 2016's Essential Facts about the Computer and Video Game Industry report. Check out last year's findings for a proper comparison of how the average video game fan has changed or stayed the same over the last 12 months.

What Hitman Go and Dungeon Master taught me about VR

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What Hitman Go and Dungeon Master taught me about VR

So good, so expensive

Virtual reality is everywhere.

At any large gathering of developers, you're always just a few steps away from a game that requires a headset. Sometimes, like with Fated: The Silent Oath, these are experiences designed from their inception for the emerging technology. But it seems just as often, developers small and large are taking games created before VR was a consumer product and reimagining them in a virtual world.

Black Ops 3's Nuketown map is now teasing the next Call of Duty

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Black Ops 3's Nuketown map is now teasing the next Call of Duty

Activision sneaks in a surprise hint about 2016's game

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 players got a little surprise today in the game's Nuk3town map: what appears to be a teaser for this year's Call of Duty game, which is rumored to be titled Infinite Warfare.

Activision and Black Ops 3 developer Treyarch are currently hosting a "Nuk3town Weekend," a 72-hour long playlist featuring the popular map that first appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops. Players have noticed that at the end of a match, the explosive finale has changed a bit: A massive, futuristic airship now flies overhead and a mysterious logo appears when the "Nuk3town offline" message appears.

Yo-Kai Watch and Final Fantasy 14 make for a strangely great pair in new crossovers

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Yo-Kai Watch and Final Fantasy 14 make for a strangely great pair in new crossovers

Two RPGs come together like peanut butter and jelly

Square Enix and Level-5 are collaborating to bring the worlds of Yo-Kai Watch and Final Fantasy 14 together. During a Final Fantasy 14-centric livestream, the companies announced that characters from Level-5's Nintendo 3DS role-playing game would appear in Square Enix's multiplayer online title.

Various Yo-kai, like series mascots Jibanyan and Whisper, will appear in Final Fantasy 14 as minions, pets that can be summoned to follow the player around. Weapons based on characters in the games will also be available, including a flying Whisper mount and even one of those surprisingly heavy Yo-kai Watches.

The Division's cheating, exploit problems could be coming to an end

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The Division's cheating, exploit problems could be coming to an end

Ubisoft's got new systems in place to make cheaters pay

Much has been made of Tom Clancy's The Division's problems with glitches. Ubisoft today laid out steps it will take to stop these issues. In a blog post, the team behind the multiplayer shooter explains new methods implemented to weed out cheaters and others who exploit the game's bugs to their advantage.

"We have implemented new cheat detection methods that have allowed us to identify many more players currently using cheat engines in the game," wrote Massive Entertainment, developer of The Division. This has led the developer to catching more cheaters this week alone than during previous weeks altogether, the team wrote.

New Long War mod released for XCOM 2

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New Long War mod released for XCOM 2

Veteran team brings tweaks to turn-based alien combat hit

Long War Studios, best known for creating the Long War mod for XCOM: Enemy Unknown and Enemy Within, has created a new mod for XCOM 2. This is in addition to the three mods the studio made available for the game at launch.

Called Toolbox, the new mod is available on Steam Workshop for free today. It allows players to configure camera rotation within missions, create random stats for new soldiers, edit damage values, tweak the game UI and turn on a modifier where injuries can affect a soldier's stats.

The original Long War mod for XCOM: Enemy Unknown made the game more challenging as well as adding units, weapons and customization options. It was popular among players of the turn-based PC game, in which humans seek to defend their planet from alien invasion.