Ubisoft Takes Multiplayer VR Games Cross-Platform For HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR

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Virtual reality (VR) is starting to slowly take off on PC and console gaming platforms, but that also means that there is plenty of fragmentation going on as each platform looks to stake its claim on early adopters. This was especially the case during the early days of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, when attempts to “unify” the gaming experience on the VR headsets by the hacking community were initially thwarted.

However, as least one game publisher, Ubisoft, is looking to allow all gamers using the three major VR platforms to engage in online multiplayer sessions together. That means that PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift users will no longer be relegated to playing in their own minuscule VR silos.

The first title to gain cross-platform support will be Eagle Flight, a game that allows you to take to the skies over an eerie version of Paris that is devoid of humans (and thus overrun by wildlife). Eagle Flight cross-platform play is currently available on the PlayStation VR and the Oculus Rift. Support for the HTC Vive will arrive on December 20th. Cross-platform play will also arrive with Werewolf Within, which launches December 6th, and for Star: Trek Bridge Crew, which will take off for the stars on March 14th.

“Making our VR titles cross-platform has been a goal of ours from the start,” said David Votypka, senior creative director at Red Storm. “Our games feature strong multiplayer experiences, so letting friends play together regardless of which headset they own will enhance the social nature of our games and let them be played the way we envisioned.”

We hope to see more developers take this cross-platform route, as it greatly benefits early adopters and helps to ensure that a wide swath of these bleeding-edge gamers have access to quality VR experiences.