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Ubisoft to Release VR Games in 2016
Polygon has reported that Ubisoft plans to have “a certain number” of VR games available starting in 2016. During a call to analysts, Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, discussed the company’s plans for the new Virtual Reality hardware. When asked about supporting VR technology, Guillemot replied,”We believe a lot in virtual reality because we see that it is really giving a chance for gamers to be more immersed in worlds, and we are developing a certain number of games that are going to take advantage of this new possibility.” He later added on the challenges of the new hardware, “We are working on the different brands we have to see how we can take advantage of those new possibilities, but making sure also we don’t suffer from what comes with it, which is the difficulty to play a long time with those games.”
Last year Lionel Raynaud, Ubisoft Vice President of Creative, said that the company would need to see VR sell “1 million units to be viable for development.” While Ubisoft has seemed to drastically change its tone on the subject, the company has claimed that the statement by Raynaud wasn’t literal.
According to Guillemot, “We are very bullish about the potential. We think it is going to bring more players to the universe of video games, and we are going to come with our brands. We will have a few titles in the first year and we will have regular games coming following that.”
With the possibility of Ubisoft’s largest franchises hitting VR next year, the hardware might have the titles behind it to make a real splash.