While everybody’s attention was focused on Sony’s announcement regarding the PlayStation 5, another event was going on, and with its own big announcements. At the Facebook Connect (formerly Oculus Connect) event, Ubisoft announced they would be making new Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell titles for the Oculus/Facebook VR platform.
Both games are currently in development and neither have official titles as of yet. Red Storm Entertainment will be taking the lead on the development process, assisted by Ubisoft Reflections, Ubisoft Dusseldorf, and Ubisoft Mumbai. The announcement did not go into any details about plot, characters, or anything of that nature, but the indication seems to be that these will be all new titles rather than ports of existing titles.
The announcement came as Facebook announced their new Oculus Quest 2 VR headset, as well as the discontinuation of their Rift and original Quest headsets. The Quest 2 is slated for launch on October 13 with two different versions. The 64GB headset will cost $300 while the 256GB headset will cost $400. All new Oculus users will be required to log in to Facebook on October 20, a week after the new headsets come out.
Food For Thought
It’s difficult to see exactly what Ubisoft plans to get out of this. While VR platforms are always hungry for new content, and Ubisoft’s established franchises certainly provide a ready made fanbase, there’s already discontent about the Facebook login requirement which is pushing some users to explore other VR platforms. If Ubisoft is looking at using Oculus as a testbed for these titles, it makes a little more sense but only if there’s an unannounced limit to the exclusivity. Presumably, Facebook is going to try and keep Oculus alive as much as possible, and if the platform shuts down, Ubisoft should be able to retool the titles for other platforms with a minimal amount of effort.