Report: Facebook Signs a Deal for Splinter Cell & Assassin’s Creed Exclusive VR Versions
The first VR devices have struggled to get into our homes and into our routine, PlayStation VR included. The mistake they made was to put uncomfortable devices on the market and that after a few minutes of use they caused nausea and headaches. Not counting the costs, not just within the reach of all budgets. This choice has unfortunately turned off all the interest of the masses in this new and interesting technology. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, would still be pushing a lot on VR and this is shown by the agreements signed for exclusive VR versions of the popular Ubisoft games: Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.
According to a leak released by The Information, the two titles of Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell will be launched exclusively for Oculus devices in order to push the latter’s sales by exploiting the popularity of the titles and the video game scene. The initiative would be led by Jason Rubin, the former Oculus content manager at Facebook, who was promoted in December as vice president of special gaming initiatives.
“The response to the Oculus Quest and Rift S games was incredible,” an Oculus spokesman told The Information. “We cannot comment on specific partnerships, but we will continue to focus on expanding our library and reaching broader gaming audiences for years to come.” A Ubisoft spokesman, however, declined to comment on this story.
With the new initiative, Facebook is trying to compete with Google and Microsoft, which uses the improved technology to launch cloud gaming services that do not require expensive hardware. Although with the improvement in technology the prices of VR headsets have decreased in recent years, distributors have so far ignored such platforms.