Ubisoft is heading into virtual reality for delivering two new games from the Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed universes. The announcement arrived during the Facebook Connect keynote today, and confirms a report from last year that revealed Ubisoft is working with Facebook for developing two new games.
Unfortunately, the announcement was lacking any details about these upcoming VR games. Not even their names were revealed. This also means it's unclear what will be the scale of these entries. They could be AAA releases akin to Half-Life: Alyx or simpler experiences that might serve as spin-offs.
Ubisoft's Red Storm Entertainment studio is leading the development of both projects, which has previously worked on VR games such as Star Trek: Bridge Crew and Werewolves Within. As usual for Ubisoft games, other studios from within the company are helping with the development as well, with Ubisoft Düsseldorf, Ubisoft Mumbai, and Ubisoft Reflections joining in on the efforts.
"We are always exploring new ways we can leverage technology to help us create memorable gaming experiences," said Red Storm VP of product development, Elizabeth Loverso. “Oculus’s state-of-the-art hardware will enable us to bring the worlds of Assassin's Creed and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell to life for fans in a new way. 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."
While Assassin's Creed sees consistent releases from Ubisoft - with Valhalla coming in November -, a new Splinter Cell has not seen the light of day since Blacklist released in 2013.
The VR Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell games will be Oculus platform exclusive when they launch, meaning only Rift, Quest, and the newly announced Quest 2 owners will be able to jump in.