Although PSVR was released not long ago, there hasn’t been much support from big publishers in regards to VR tech until now. Ubisoft will be making waves with VR games very shortly and they’ve recently announced that some of those games will function as cross-platform as multiplayer gamers across platforms will unite together.
It’s an exciting move for an industry in which the tech has not captured the imagination of a mainstream audience yet. A big company like Ubisoft will be sure to try to change that. Many games that have launched with PSVR, for example, do not have a fully-functional and widely accessible multiplayer element to them. Many players have had a difficult time to try to find other players to play with online.
The creative director of Star Trek: Bridge Crew, David Votypka, which is being developed by a sub-team of Ubisoft employees has spoken about the possibility of cross-platform play in a recent interview.
“Making our VR titles cross-platform has been a goal of ours from the start and we’re happy to announce that Eagle Flight, Werewolves Within, and Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be playable cross-platform on PSVR, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.”
It’s an interesting development for a game like Star Trek, known for a large and dedicated fan base and one in which playing together will form the core experience of the gameplay.
Ubisoft seem to be pushing cross-platform play of their games to maximise their potential in the rather niche VR market. It allows them to expand the potential of their upcoming games to a larger audience will making use of all tech that is ready to use by gamers.