TWO of gaming’s biggest franchises may be getting virtual reality releases in the near future.
Canadian developer Ubisoft is working on VR versions of Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed, according to jobs listings posted to its website.
Unearthed by PocketLint, the listings describe multiple openings for projects titled “Assassin’s Creed VR” and “Splinter Cell VR”.
They appear to confirm the existence of games first revealed at the Facebook Connect 2020 showcase.
Headset-maker Oculus announced during the show that Assassin’s Creed VR and Splinter Cell VR were in development for its devices.
In its openings, Montreal-based Ubisoft lists several roles fir Assassin’s Creed VR, including VR game designer and senior VR game designer.
As many as 17 roles have been listed for Splinter Cell VR, according to PocketLint.
At one point “Network Programmer” was listed as one of the roles, VR news site Upload VR reported.
The job description said the role involved “developing multiplayer core features and game services using existing online infrastructure.”
It would therefore appear that Ubisoft is not only well into the creation of Splinter Cell VR but is crafting a multiplayer mode for it, too.
As far as the games themselves, there’s little else to go on.
Somewhat unsurprisingly the job descriptions don’t go into detail on gameplay or a release date.
It’s also unclear if Ubisoft is building the games specifically for VR, or will also release them on consoles and PC.
What we do know is that the experimental titles will be compatible with headsets built by Oculus, which is owned by Facebook.
To play them, you’ll need one of those (the gadgets start at around £300) on top of a high-end PC.
As far as a possible release date goes, it’s possible the games will launch alongside a new Oculus device to help boost sales of the headset.
Facebook is rumoured to be working on a new version of the Oculus Quest for release in 2022.
Valve released a VR-only Half-Life title last year to positive reviews.