Announced during the UploadVR E3 2019 showcase, Digital Lode and Tripwire are bringing single-player stealth action to VR in the form of Espire 1. Digital Lode developed Espire 1 in the hopes that it would provide challenging stealth action to VR fans, a space that until now has had few big-budget games going for it. Using a proprietary locomotion and combat system, Digital Lode hopes to provide a unique experience to VR fans. Espire 1 is set to launch for all VR headsets this August via Steam as well as the PlayStation Store.

In order to combat motion sickness felt during artificial movement, Digital Lode has pioneered a “VR within VR” system. Any time the player character moves, the game world shrinks down to an area the size of a tablet, in order to cut out all sense of motion. Of course, if you’re already comfortable moving within VR spaces, you can always turn off this unique motion system. Within Espire 1‘s game world however, you will have plenty of tools at your disposal in order to navigate the levels on offer. From throwing spare ammunition to create distractions to using voice commands to paralyze guards, Espire 1 promises a full suite of abilities.

Additionally, Digital Lode is also adding in leaderboards to compare your stats against other players of Espire 1. From simple time trials to cutting down on ammunition use, various stats will be tracked and scored competitively. Espire 1 is also hoping to simulate real one-to-one actions, instead of marrying most abilities to a series of button presses or menus. You’ll be able to check out Espire 1 on your VR platform or console of choice when it releases this August.

If you want to know more about this and other announcements happening at E3 then be sure to check out our E3 2019 Coverage Hub.


Kyle Johnson

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