As one of the biggest studios to be openly backing virtual reality (VR), you might expect that Ubisoft would bring one or two VR videogames or experiences to this year’s Gamescom event. As it turns out, the French publishing giant has brought a selection based off its more popular franchises.
Ubisoft are showing off a Rabbids VR ride which is open to the to the public in the consumer halls. The experience features two Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 (DK2) head-mounted displays (HMDs) combined with a hydraulic chair built by D-Box. You can see some photos of this below and VRFocus will be revealing a hands-on report later today.
Rabbids VR is joined by the Far Cry VR demo featuring charismatic psychopath Vaas Montenegro from Far Cry 3 in a recreation of his infamous ‘definition of insanity’ scene. Both the above experiences were previously shown off at this year’s E3 event as was Ubisoft’s third and final VR offering, Eagle Flight.
One thing has changed though with Eagle Flight, and that according to Ubisoft staff the demo has now been incorporated into the Assassin’s Creed universe. How this will impact Ubisoft’s crown jewel, if it will even do so, remains to be seen. Especially as aside from its name the demo, which is a multiplayer flight-sim shooter in which players take part in capture-the-flag style matches above a landscape that includes both the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty, doesn’t lend itself immediately to the historical adventure series. Although there is a possibility that Eagle Flight could, in storyline, be associated with fictional group Abstergo Industries’ Abstergo Entertainment brand of experiences.
Lastly is a demo for Trackmania Turbo. Part of the Trackmania franchise, the gravity-defying racing experience in which players will try to master their times as they speed round elaborate courses was revealed a month ago during Ubisoft’s E3 press conference. Trackmania Turbo is being shown on Sony’s Project Morpheus HMD
VRFocus will be bringing you more Gamescom news and updates out of Cologne over the course of the week.
UPDATE: Since the publication of this article Ubisoft has contacted VRFocus to state that Eagle Flight Prototype is not officially linked to Assassin’s Creed, despite the team demoing the experience offering this suggestion. The official description of the demo experience, provided by Ubisoft, follows below:
“The Eagle flight demo is a flight experience breakthrough where players can fulfill the dream of flying as an eagle flying over Paris, combined with the thrill of dog fights. This early prototype focuses on gameplay and controls. Our objective is to create a thrilling and comfortable experience that is accessible to everyone.”