Facebook allegedly owns the rights to Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed VR
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According to a report by The Information, Facebook has signed exclusive deals for VR versions of the popular Ubisoft game franschises, Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. By creating popular games exclusive to their platform, the company hopes to drive a lot of growth in its gaming division. For years fans have patiently waited for a new Splinter Cell game, so it's availability on Oculus could drive sales, but VR gaming isn't exactly hot right now.
Consumers usually only purchase what they need and in the case of gamers, why buy a device that doesn't have the games they want to play. It isn't that VR games aren't being developed, it's just that major game studios aren't making a lot VR games. At least, not enough to warrant huge sale numbers. "A recent poll of attendees at the annual Game Developers Conference found that just 27% were interested in developing for VR, a 6% decrease from the prior year," states the report. A continuous decline in this number will only make it harder for VR to grow into a mainstay.
In an effort led by Jason Rubin, former head of content for Oculus and now vice president of special gaming initiatives, Facebook plans to release popular games on it's devices to draw gamer attention. To support this plan, the company is believed to be buying up smaller game developers, as well as securing deals similar to that with Ubisoft in order to build its games library.
Oculus recently released the Oculus Quest which is a $399 wireless VR headset that doesn't require a PC or phone to function. It's a step in the right direction and could be the platform of choice for the game's the company is allegedly trying to secure. The Information's sources claim that Oculus Quest has surpassed Facebook’s internal sales projections, but actual figures weren't provided.
Whatever the situation, Facebook has an uphill battle ahead of it, especially with Google coming into the market with Stadia and Microsoft also expanding into cloud gaming. However, they're certainly on the right track by prioritising content for their platform.