At Gamescom, Cologne, this week VRFocus has been hands-on with every virtual reality (VR) experience Ubisoft has brought to the event. One of these experiences, the Assassin’s Creed based Eagle Flight Prototype, truly impressed with it’s use of the Oculus Rift’s motion-control capabilities and multiplayer gameplay. Following the playable demo, a member of Ubisoft Montreal’s development team working on the project has revealed that the development of this title won’t be stopping in the ‘prototype’ stage.
Eagle Flight Prototype and Far Cry VR have been developed internally at Ubisoft Montreal, while Rabbids VR Ride is the work of Ubisoft Paris. The development team at both studios are working on several other VR projects, VRFocus has been informed, however it’s Eagle Flight Prototype that will likely become the first consumer release out of the many VR experiences Ubisoft has in development.
Ubisoft will soon jump onto the VR bandwagon with the release of Nadeo’s Trackmania Turbo – coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in November 2015 – however the publisher has been reluctant to talk about their own internal VR projects as anything other than experiments. That will soon change, it appears, as Eagle Flight Prototype will move into full development.
Eagle Flight Prototype is currently tied to the Assassin’s Creed franchise in a number of ways, most of which are visual. The rings the player must fly through in the single-player component emit the same glitch-style rays that are seen in the Abstergo experiences in the Assassin’s Creed videogames and the city design has obviously been leaned upon heavily. Just how closely Ubisoft intend to tie the VR experience to Assassin’s Creed remains to be seen, however VRFocus is confident that next time the publisher chooses to show Eagle Flight Prototype it will be a very different beast.
UPDATE: Since the publication of this article Ubisoft has contacted VRFocus to inform us that the information presented here was a miscommunication. A spokesperson for the company stated in direct communication: “The Eagle Flight experience is an early prototype focused on the gameplay and controls. Our objective is to create a thrilling and comfortable experience that is accessible to everyone. It is not linked with the Assassin’s Creed series.”