Prepare for synchronization – Ubisoft is partnering with
SpectreVision, the production company of The Lord of the Rings' film star
Elijah Wood, to make virtual reality games. The Ubisoft team involved in the
partnership includes Dean Evans, creator of the radical Far Cry 3: Blood
The division of Ubisoft partnering with SpectreVision, Fun
House, is responsible for smaller-in-scope titles like Child of Light and Grow
"As a longtime gamer, I'm first and foremost a fan and
admirer of Ubisoft," says Wood according to IGN's report from the Sundance
Film Festival in Utah. "So to be collaborating with them within the realm of VR is
an incredible treat!"
SpectreVision, established in 2010 by Wood and partners, uses
film, music, and now games to "tell heartfelt, character-driven stories
tackling real emotional and social issues that test the boundaries of the genre
space," according to its website.
SpectreVision CEO Lisa Whalen goes on to emphasize that
Ubisoft's position as a leading publisher and developer will help the partnership
succeed in creating new experiences in a "bold and original new format."
Creative director of Ubisoft's neon-drenched '80s action
film tribute, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Dean Evans, revealed on Twitter that he's
been involved in this collaboration between Fun House and SpectreVision. To
what degree Evans is involved is unclear. We've reached out to Ubisoft for
Ubisoft hasn't confirmed which VR platforms the collaborative games will launch for.
As someone who is hopeful for the future of VR, I'm happy to see a titan of industry like Ubisoft partnering with a studio like SpectreVision which appears to revel in taking risks and supporting unique projects. The big question is which VR platforms the future projects will release for: Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, or HTC Vive.