There are some exciting titles coming to Oculus Rift in 2019 through to 2020, the likes of Stormland and Defector are coming this year, while newly revealed videogames during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019 such as After the Fall are due to arrive next year. One of the biggest exclusives the platform is awaiting is Ready at Dawn’s sci-fi sequel Lone Echo II, and VRFocus caught up with the team during E3 to find out more.
The first Lone Echo launched back in 2017 for Oculus Rift, setting a new standard in visual quality and gameplay for virtual reality (VR). Zero-g environmental design always posed a challenge for VR developers as it could lead to nausea in some players. Ready at Dawn managed to crack it, producing an experience which VRFocus gave a full five-star rating to, saying: “Ready at Dawn has created an experience that every Oculus Touch owner needs in their library.”
During Oculus Connect 5 (OC5) in 2018, the studio officially announced Lone Echo II – one of the major reveals of the event behind Oculus Quest – continuing the epic storyline of your robot character Jack and Captain Olivia Rhodes who he’s there to protect against the dangers of space exploration.
For E3 2019 Ready at Dawn showcased a new build of Lone Echo II, featuring new gameplay mechanics, menus, UI and puzzles.
At the Oculus booth, VRFocus had a chat with Nathan Phail-Liff, the Game Director for Lone Echo II and Studio Art Director. Phail-Liff discusses some of the mechanics the studio has added to diversify the gameplay as well as adding more interaction with Liv.
One thing Lone Echo fans might not be pleased to hear is that the title has been delayed. Originally, Ready at Dawn had expected to launch the sequel later this year. Alas, that has now been pushed back to Q1 2020. Hopefully, it won’t slip any further.
Check out the full interview with Phail-Liff below, or take a look at VRFocus’ other interviews from E3 2019 with Oculus’ Jason Rubin or Vertigo Games. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Lone Echo II, reporting back with all the latest announcements.