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Espire 1: VR Operative now Confirmed for September Launch

Pre-orders begin today on Steam.

Originally, developer Digital Lode and publisher Tripwire Interactive had planned on releasing stealth adventure Espire 1: VR Operative during August yet no date was ever confirmed. Today, that release window has shifted slightly, with the teams announcing a September launch date as well as pre-order bonuses.  

Espire 1: VR Operative

To coincide with today’s announcement you’ll be able to pre-order Espire 1: VR Operative via Steam later today. PC customers who pre-order the videogame on Steam will receive a free Steam copy of Tripwire’s first VR title, Killing Floor: Incursion. From 30th August, North American PlayStation VR fans (no word on a European offer) who pre-order on the PlayStation Store will receive a 15% off discount.

Espire 1: VR Operative impressed when VRFocus demoed the title during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2019 in June, finding that being a sneaky robot who could perform superhuman feats of strength and agility was just as fun as you’d imagine.

The premise behind Espire 1: VR Operative is that you play an Espire agent on a top-secret mission. In this futuristic world, you don’t need to risk your own life anymore, instead dropping into an Espire model 1 robot which can be remotely controlled. This machine allows you to scale heights, and leap massive distances to stay ultra-quiet and remain unseen. Of course, should you get spotted – or prefer the gung-ho approach – then you can take a few hits in a firefight. Should you lose then you’ll respawn in a new body.

Espire 1: VR Operative

Developed as a single-player VR experience with individual story missions and scenario missions that use the story mission environments for short challenges, one of the main features employed in Espire 1: VR Operative is the “Control Theatre.” This has been designed to eliminate VR motion sickness in first-person videogames, shrinking the world to the size of a floating tablet, with the Control Theatre visible in the player’s peripheral vision.

Espire 1: VR Operative is scheduled to launch on 24th September 2019, on headsets including Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift, Oculus Rift S, HTC Vive, Valve Index, Windows Mixed Reality, and PlayStation VR. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Espire 1: VR Operative, reporting back with any further updates.

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