Espire 1 launches on PS VR, Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, Valve Index, Windows Mixed Reality, and HTC Vive this August, Digital Lode announced. This stealth game is to be taken seriously, as it is very, and I mean VERY dependent on your movements so you don’t become heard.

Espire 1: VR Operative is an ambitious new virtual reality game and IP with its sights firmly set on the single-player ‘stealth’ genre, currently available through Steam’s Alpha Release Channel in its prototype phase. We pitch this as “Goldeneye 007” meets “Metal Gear Solid” in an immersive VR world. 

The prototype presents players with 6 of the game’s 200 Virtual Challenges and a Sandbox Environment to test out the core stealth mechanics.

With Espire 1, we’re delivering VR’s definitive Stealth Experience. Gone are the days of watching a super-spy hero on-screen: by leveraging the head and hand-tracked capabilities of current VR technology, players can physically live out their 007 fantasies as the Espire Model 1 Operative. These stealth mechanics cannot be replicated on another medium. 

Players assume the role of an Espire Agent – a drone operator of the future. From the safety of their “Espire Control Theatre” (sized to their Oculus Guardian Boundaries) they deploy the Espire Model 1 operative on assignments around the globe. The player then remote-operates Espire 1 from thousands of Kilometres away – the player’s movement is translated 1:1 into that of Espire with less than 10ms of latency. The “Control Theatre” mechanic is not only a story component; it is used to minimize VR sickness whenever the player performs artificial movement.

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