Stealth Adventure Espire 1: VR Operative Sneaks to PS VR Today

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Stealth Adventure Espire 1: VR Operative Sneaks to PS VR Today

How the team at Digital Lode set out to create the premier stealth VR experience.

There’s something about physically crouching to avoid detection while looking over your shoulder at your escape route that simply cannot be replicated in traditional flat-screen gaming. If you’ve ever wanted to play out your espionage fantasies in the game world then Digital Lode’s Espire 1: VR Operative might just be what you’ve been looking for.

Under the instruction of the Australian government, players assume the role of a drone operator of the future where you remotely control the Espire robot. With the ability to climb metal surfaces, players can take full advantage of the verticality within the environments and get the drop on enemy threats from above. Throwing your gun magazine or any other object within reach to distract a guard and sneak pass them is something that only feels real in VR. You can also eject a camera from the back of your hands which can be used to ‘mark’ guards or thrown onto any surface before remotely triggering a noise event.

Sound is important in a stealth game so players will need to ensure they approach threats slowly and quietly without detection before choosing to knock them out or hold them up by saying “freeze!” If you’re extra careful you can even steal a guard’s gun right out of their hands. You must keep the noise down though because if you’re heard or spotted the base might enter alert mode where additional strike teams are called in, this is where Espire leans into the action genre and provides players an alternative approach to each encounter. Hiding any collateral damage is also a good idea, otherwise just when you think the dust has settled things are likely to heat up again.

The Espire robot has a variety of weapons at its disposal, many of which are scattered throughout the base. For the stealth enthusiasts there’s a single shot tranquilizer pistol that puts enemies to sleep which also requires the piston to be pulled back between each shot, another fun action only possible in VR. You can even repair your damaged chassis with your repair tool which also conveniently can be used to stun enemies. There are also two silenced pistols, two silenced rifles, and a suppressed shotgun. For those looking to make their presence known, however, there are also plenty of less quiet arms at your disposal.

With six story-driven campaign missions and 25 small virtual challenges to fully explore and engage with Espire 1 is set to offer between four and six hours of gameplay. There are also 22 cheats to unlock, providing players a variety of replayability.

The team at Digital Lode cannot wait to sneak Espire 1: VR Operative into your virtual hands. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below too!

Espire 1: VR Operative releases today and is priced at $29.99.

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  • Sounds like an cool Metal Gear-esqe experience (gameplay wise – not sure about the narrarative). Does this have enhanced PS4 Pro support?

  • Thank you for patching the game so quickly!

    • Oops! Just tried playing for the first time, not patched yet. Comfort cages and blink turning are immersion-breaking for some of us. Any update on when full locomotion and smooth turning will be added to the game? That’s really what sold me on Espire 1.

    • Sorry about that! These will definitely be fixed in a patch. As soon as we have a definitive update on timing we’ll let everyone know via all the Espire channels.

  • Also, does your game have trophies? They are not coming up on my PS4 and I couldn’t find a list online.

    • It sure does, I believe you’ll be able to see them once you’ve unlocked one.
      Hint: You will get one by the time you finish mission one.

  • Great! I walked around in-game for a bit, but quit once I realized the comfort settings couldn’t be turned off. I’ll just wait patiently until the patch arrives. I don’t wanna ride your bicycle unless I can take the training wheels off! Cheers, congratulations on finally launching.

  • Sony/developers, please don’t sell this game until this will be fixed! It very very bad port! There is no way to disable “tunnel vision”, VERY low resolution even on ps4 Pro, no smooth turns. Even on my mobile Quest, it works and LOOK(!) much better! Don’t shame yourself and PS4/VR. Fix this game!
    It good game, but terrible port…
    Sorry for my english.

  • This looks excellent!

    Do you plan to support the PSVR Aim Controller? Looks like a perfect game for it.

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