Ubisoft announced two new games at Facebook Connect, Facebook's VR showcase, that will be in the Splinter Cell and Assassins Creed universes. They will be released exclusively for Oculus VR.
This announcement substantiates a rumour that was flying around last year, that the company was working on new VR only games.
The games are being developed by Ubisoft Red Storm in collaboration with Ubisoft Mumbai and Ubisoft Düsseldorf. Red Storm have worked on VR games before, they developed Eagles Flight, Transference, and their most popular release to date, the cooperative Star Trek: Bridge Crew.
The studio has a proven track record making games in the VR space and the games themselves are definitely appealing. We haven’t had a Splinter Game since 2013’s Blacklist so It will be interesting to see how the studio translates Sam Fisher’s movement and combat to a first-person VR game.
During Facebook Connect, they were described as “new chapters in both the Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell series.” This suggests that they will not be connected to the overarching stories and time periods of the mainline games, but that they might offer a stand-alone side story.
Apart from speculation, we don’t have any other concrete information about these two games, we don’t even know what they will be titled.
In the Ubisoft press release, Elizabeth Loverso, Vice President of Product Development, made it clear that, “These games will take full advantage of Oculus’s technology to deliver immersive, visceral experiences that players won’t be able to find anywhere else.”
The Oculus Quest 2 will be released on October 13th and we will likely find out more about these games as it comes closer to the holiday season.