A new Assassin’s Creed VR title is in development, which gives a chance to explore Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop, but it may never release to fans.
Although 2016 didn’t see a new Assassin’s Creed title launch, and there has been little in the way of a future game announcement so far this year, it seems that Ubisoft has developed a virtual reality title that is set in the franchise’s universe. It might not be the VR assassin game of our dreams, but the company has created a co-op escape room that is set inside Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop.
The game is a collaboration between Ubisoft and students at NHTV in the Netherlands, reports VG24/7. The Assassin’s Creed-inspired title was developed as a way to experiment with the latest VR technology, and there are currently no plans to release the project as a standalone game. According to the lead developer’s website, Assassin’s Creed: Da Vinci’s Workshop requires players to solve numerous puzzles inside Leonardo’s workshop in order to recover a piece of Eden.
Not much else is known about the project at this point, and the developers are all presumably under the same NDA that the lead developer states restricts him from providing any more information right now. The game is being developed for Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive on the Unreal Engine 4, but we will have to wait until the project is completed to learn any more.
Ubisoft has previously announced its intention to release an Assassin’s Creed VR experience, so this project might be the company testing the waters for a bigger development soon to come. It is unlikely that we will ever get a chance to play the workshop escape room game, but there’s always a chance that the developers will get the opportunity to bring it to a gaming convention for attendants to try for themselves.
In other Assassin’s Creed news, the actual next installment in the long-running franchise is rumored to be coming to the Nintendo Switch, a console which is set to launch in just less than a month. The series needs to impress with its next game, seeing as the only Assassin’s Creed content we’ve had to tide us over was the rather disappointing Michael Fassbender movie.
The film did give us a new take on the Animus however, something that director Justin Kurzel revealed that Ubisoft was impressed with and might even feature in future games. Regardless of the movie’s total success, it seems that it may have at least had some impact on the franchise, allowing the formula to be changed with the next Assassin’s Creed‘s release.
Assassin’s Creed: Da Vinci’s Workshop has no plans to be released commercially or altogether at this point.