New Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell experiences are on the way, though not in the manner you might expect. Announced during today's Facebook Connect, Sam Fisher returns for a virtual reality experience on Oculus VR.
Ubisoft has had a partnership with VR for some time, developing games like Eagle Flight. With the reveal of the Oculus Quest 2 though, Ubisoft is lining up two big franchises for new games. Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell will both get games developed "from the ground up" by Ubisoft's Red Storm studio, in collaboration with Ubisoft's Reflections, Dusseldorf, and Mumbai studios.
If you're a Splinter Cell fan, this is another in a long series of monkey's paw revivals. Sam's been on a mobile game, entered the arena as an operator in Rainbow Six Siege, and guested in Ghost Recon. For this latest Splinter Cell experience, you'll have to play in VR.
This might be a roadblock for most who want a new Splinter Cell. It might be the case that you don't want to play in virtual reality, due to motion sickness or just not wanting the platform. Or you might have some concerns about the forthcoming requirement of a Facebook account to use an Oculus device—which are not entirely unfounded.
This could be a cool experience, and a potential killer app for the Oculus Quest 2, which is looking to build on the surprising accessibility of the original Quest. If you were hoping for a more console-based Splinter Cell though, your watch continues. No release date or firmer details on what these new franchise entries will entail has been released just yet.