Speaking to VRFocus, Ubisoft is looking to recruit a 50 person development team for an unannounced VR project.
It seems that the venture will be undertaken in Dusseldorf, Germany, according to a few of the job postings for game designers, technical artists, and programmers who specialise in virtual reality games. ‘Not all our positions are on our website yet but we are building a 50 people team right now for this new project, focusing right now on the core team but more positions will follow,’ the spokesperson revealed.
Ubisoft Blue Byte is based in Dusseldorf, and it’s possible this new team is a subdivision of that studio. Ubisoft Blue Byte worked on Assassin’s Creed Origins VR spinoffs Escape the Lost Pyramid and Beyond Medusa’s Gate, but this definitely won’t be another journey to the past. ‘To be clear, this new team that we are building is a different team than the Escape Room VR team,’ the spokesperson clarified, and the project will be for a different Ubisoft property.
That really doesn’t narrow it down, given the studio’s extensive collection of franchises, but that won’t stop us from speculating. Facebook had signed deals with Ubisoft that would bring Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell into the Oculus VR portfolio, and in a recent interview, CEO Yves Guillemot stated that Splinter Cell has ‘new type of experiences’ headed its way. But, he said that these experiences would take place on ‘different devices’, which once again hints at a VR entry to the sneaky series. Now, a listing for a replica of Sam Fisher’s goggles appeared and disappeared on GameStop, and it detailed that ‘the 10th release [is] on the horizon’.
Curiouser and curiouser. It sounds like the project is just beginning to take shape, so we’ll be waiting a while before any official information breaks.