Virtual reality (VR) in games has been the talk of the town for a while. It is no surprise if Ubisoft actually made an Assassin’s Creed VR game. However, in a surprising twist, such a title may never see the light of day.
The concept of virtual reality has been a prospect that has been explored in a lot of fields. However, gamers and developers are seeing the field’s potential in fully bringing an immersive experience for fans to truly “experience” games. This can be the reason why players have also been fond of first-person shooters, as these are the closest they could get to VR a few years back. The potential of exploration games may have also led to speculations about an Assassin’s Creed VR game.
However, with consoles such as the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and the PlayStation VR at hand, the concept of VR does not sound as implausible. This has opened a gateway to a ton of games that could meet the VR experience. While Resident Evil 7 has been released with a VR feature, why not the same for an Assassin’s Creed VR title?
Assassin’s Creed VR: Story, Features
This might be the reason why some fans will be surprised that Ubisoft actually developed an Assassin’s Creed game for virtual reality. This is subtitled Da Vinci’s Workshop, and the game appears to be well-developed. Unfortunately, it may not see a release.
News about the game itself was revealed courtesy of All Games Delta. The game appears to be built on Unreal Engine 4, designed with the Oculus Rift 4 and HTC Vive as potential consoles. It can be remembered that Ubisoft revealed its desire to make potential VR releases “cross-platform,” meaning they want them to be available for the Vive, Rift and PSVR.
According to VG24/7, the project is a collaboration between Ubisoft and the NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences. However, fans should not expect the game to be as exciting as the previous releases in the franchise. Lead designer Tim van Kan said on his website that the game is a cooperative escape room game.
Players are tasked to solve puzzles inside Leonardo’s workshop to recover a piece of Eden. This is quite interesting, as the game puts players in perhaps the latter part of almost all Assassin’s Creed games minus the intense final boss battle. Sadly, the designer pointed out that there are “currently” no plans of releasing the game both commercially, and to release it as it is.
Regardless, IGN speculates that this means the game can be shown in gaming conventions. The project itself could be Ubisoft testing the waters in order to see how the franchise can be transformed for the VR experience. This means Da Vinci’s Workshop may be a mini-game inside a larger Assassin’s Creed game.
The recent Assassin’s Creed release is Syndicate, set in the Victorian era. This features an open world with steampunk-ish elements. The characters are twin Assassins inside a “syndicate” of sorts. Other recent Assassin’s Creed news involves actor Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), who starred in a recent Assassin’s Creed film adaptation.