Facebook is investing heavily in its VR arm through its Oculus subsidiary, with the company now boasting the Oculus Rift, Rift S, and Quest amongst its hardware line up. Now a report from The Information has claimed that the social media giant has signed exclusivity deals with Ubisoft for VR titles based on Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell. While Assassin’s Creed has enjoyed continued success over this generation of consoles Sam Fisher and the Splinter Cell franchise is yet to make a full appearance, though he was in a mission for Ghost Recon: Wildlands which shows Ubisoft hasn’t completely forgotten about him.
Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg is involved with penning these deals and is looking to acquire more gaming exclusives for the Oculus headsets to give it a boost over the competition such as HTC’s Vive line and Sony’s PSVR. There have been a lot of rumours regarding a Splinter Cell game and hopes were raised for an announcement at E3 when one of Ubisoft’s creative directors began tweeting about the series, though it turned out to be a bit of a poorly thought out joke.
Facebook is already working with the likes of Respawn to create an exclusive game for the headset, and has other exclusive projects in the works like Star Wars Vader Immortal, so for the company to court other game publishers and sign exclusive content deals is not a huge shock. Ubisoft are declining to comment on this story at the moment, as it usually does when rumours start floating about regarding its properties, but if it is true then the acquisition of VR exclusives based on Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell would be a huge grab and statement of intent by Facebook to be taken more seriously in the gaming sphere. Only time will tell though if these deals exist and if they will bear any kind of fruit.
Source: The Information