The concept of virtual reality as a popular medium within the gaming industry continues to grow as the platform continues to become more accessible and affordable compared to the headset’s initial introduction years before. What that means, however, is that well-known series that fans are already fond of from traditional consoles could see the same franchises move over to VR.
According to a report from The Information, that could potentially be the unforeseen future for a couple of Ubisoft’s flagship series: Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. The online outlet disclosed that social media giant Facebook has struck a deal with publisher Ubisoft to bring the billboard franchises to the oculus platform.
It is shared in the report that Facebook-owned Oculus has been pursuing major AAA titles to be part of the virtual reality platform: evidently, Ubisoft is the first to be a part of the plan to bring larger games to the company’s library. Detailing that Ubisoft has the Vice President of Special Gaming Initiatives showrunning the deal alongside Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg being “personally involved” in the plan also.
While not much other detail have been shared regarding the upcoming titles that will be birthed from the partnership between the two companies, it is expected that Assassin’s Creed will be returning with a new major installment in 2020 as Ubisoft has revealed to be skipping the annual release for this year. Deciding what the title might possibly be, it does not seem that fans will be experiencing VR within the next year and half as the deal officially settled just this week.
As for Splinter Cell, speculation growing around the anticipated return for the Tom Clancy series has been on the rise for these past few years. Even sourced from an insider that told Rectify Gaming last April, a title is expected to be shown off at some point as per the marketing rights deal that Microsoft holds for upcoming titles. At this point, it is unsure what exactly Ubisoft has in mind for the franchise as the last title reached consoles nearly six years ago.
What are your thoughts on some of Ubisoft’s largest series making an attempt into the realm of virtual reality?
Source: The Information