Ubisoft confirms that it will bring two brand new virtual reality games to E3 later this month, in addition to two that have previously been announced.
Virtual reality certainly seems to be hitting the mainstream in 2016, now that headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are out in the wild and available for purchase. Now, it’s time for developers to push the boundaries of what this hardware can accomplish — and Ubisoft seems eager to lead the charge.
The French developer and publisher has announced that it will bring two unannounced VR experiences to E3 next month. What’s more, these projects will be fully playable on the show floor of the event.
Ubisoft does already have a couple of VR projects in development that have already been announced — Werewolves Within and Eagle Flight. However, it’s been confirmed that these are separate to the mysterious games set to be given their first public showing at E3.
What little we know about Werewolves Within and Eagle Flight may well give us some clues about the other two titles. The former seems like a relatively simple adaptation of the popular party game Werewolf, whereas the latter is bigger and more complex, apparently featuring both a single-player campaign and a range of multiplayer modes.
It’s interesting to note that neither uses an established IP, even though Ubisoft has an ample amount of popular franchises to choose from. It certainly wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see one of the unannounced projects use either Rayman or the Rabbids as set dressing.
Out of all the franchises Ubisoft has ownership of, nothing seems like a snug a fight for VR as Assassin’s Creed. The Animus machine seems like the perfect conceit to explain away a VR interface — and we already know that a virtual adaptation of the IP is set to be released in support of this year’s movie.
The project isn’t being handled by Ubisoft directly, but it’s possible that the experience could be one of the two reveals being teased for E3. Even if it’s not developed in-house, the debut of Assassin’s Creed on VR hardware seems like the sort of attention-grabbing showcase that’s perfect for the event.
We’re edging closer and closer to E3, so the unanswered questions about what will be on show at the expo will soon be answered. Stick with Game Rant for all the latest news and updates when E3 takes over Los Angeles from June 14 to June 16.