2k, Ubisoft, Epic Games, and Ubisoft Montpellier announced today that they are partnering to bring AR-inspired games to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
The companies said that they have been working closely with the Xbox team to develop a “VR-first AR experience for the Xbox platform.”
The developers said that “the project will leverage the full capabilities of the Xbox and PlayStation consoles, enabling a VR-first experience with a rich set of AR features.”
The new AR experiences will include AR-enabled gameplay, a “new dynamic character creator,” and “a brand new interactive story,” among other things.
“As developers of AR-powered games, we are honored to be collaborating with Epic on this ambitious project,” said David Cogman, CEO of Ubisoft Montpelier.
“This is a fantastic example of our shared vision for the future of the AR platform.
The power of VR will soon make our games accessible to everyone and enable us to reach even more people with more immersive experiences.”
A demo of the new AR experience is available on the Xbox 360.
Ubisoft said that it will launch a VR version of the game on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC later this year.
Epic Games has a “shared vision” for the AR ecosystem, which is why the company collaborated with Ubisoft to develop the Unreal Engine 3 game engine.
The developers also said that the team is working closely together to make the next version of Unreal Engine “the most immersive and robust game engine for AR ever built.”
Epic Games and Ubisoft are bringing together a cross-industry effort that aims to make AR “the best platform for all of our products and services,” said John Carmack, CEO and cofounder of Oculus VR.
“The combination of Ubisoft and Unreal Engine will create an ecosystem that will be the envy of the industry and a force to be reckoned with for years to come.”
The game, titled Project Morpheus, will be developed by Oculus and Ubisoft.
“We are excited to be working with Ubisoft on this next great AR experience,” said Carmack.
Epic’s Unreal Engine has been a pioneer for AR technology, but it’s been criticized for not being particularly robust. “
It’s going to be an absolute blast.”
Epic’s Unreal Engine has been a pioneer for AR technology, but it’s been criticized for not being particularly robust.
The Unreal Engine is widely used to build games like Star Wars: The Old Republic, which has sold more than 100 million copies.
The developer has been criticized by the gaming community for its inability to handle VR, but many argue that the development team has done a good job of integrating the technology.
Epic is also working on a mobile game called Project Tango, which will bring VR into the iOS and Android ecosystems.