The day has finally arrived for eager Oculus owners with the long-awaited confirmation of a launch date for Lone Echo II. Originally unveiled back in 2018, Ready at Dawn teased earlier in the year that Lone Echo II would be arriving this summer as an Oculus Rift exclusive, with an August date putting the launch just over a month away.
Lone Echo II is a direct continuation of the first title where you take the role of Jack, an android tasked with aiding Captain Olivia Rhodes’ survival. One of the first VR videogames really classed as a AAA title, the sequel will continue the epic narrative and zero-g controls whilst expanding upon the gameplay dynamics which made the first such a hit.
As Jack, you’ll be able to explore environments either by launching yourself from a stationary object or using your wrist-mounted thrusters for true weightless freedom. Jack also comes supplied with a range of useful tools to complete puzzles and discover new secrets. This sequel will also develop Rhodes and Jack’s bond as they fight to survive the harsh realities of deep space.
Ready at Dawn may still term Lone Echo II an Oculus Rift exclusive but the headset has now been officially discontinued. Of course, thanks to Oculus Link or Air Link Lone Echo II is fully compatible with Facebook’s Oculus Quest platform as long as you’ve got a VR-capable PC.
Lone Echo II will officially launch on the Oculus Store for Oculus Rift on 24th August 2021 priced at £29.99 GBP/$39.99 USD. If you do buy the videogame then you’ll also receive a free VEGA X-3 chassis for your Echo VR avatar, the same as Jack’s from Lone Echo II. If you’ve not yet played the original Lone Echo from 2017 then now’s a good a time as any. From today until 24th August Lone Echo is discounted to £7.99 ($9.99).
Reviewing the original all those years ago, VRFocus said of the sci-fi epic: “Lone Echo has been one of those massively talked about titles that you wonder if it could ever live up to the hype. Well in this instance it does. Ready at Dawn has created an experience that every Oculus Touch owner needs in their library.” Hopefully, that trend continues next month.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Lone Echo II as the launch date nears, reporting back with further updates.