Espire 1: VR Operative was first released back in November 2019 across all major VR platforms, including PC VR, PSVR, and Oculus Quest. To date the game has generated more than 3 million USD revenue in game sales.
The game was designed to deliver a definitive VR stealth experience, where players are drafted as drone operators of the future.
Player assume the role to be an Espire Agent, and is deployed to complete assignments around the globe. The player then remotely operates the Espire 1 from thousands of kilometers away, while the movemements are tracks 1:1 into the Espire.
It does take some time to get used to the stealth mechanics, and the tools available for players to use. Yet, once you get familiarized with knots and bolts, the game will make you feel like a total super badass hero.
As much as we enjoyed the single player mission, it was the timed virtual challenged that really intrigued us as you are free to complete the challenges in any way you want to. You are free to go stealth, climb, avoid security cameras, defuse trip mines, and hold up enemies. It feels similar to Metal Gear but in VR.
While the game graphics are awesome, the game could get boring after repeated missions. It would be ideal for the develop to come up with various settings at random, for now you are kind of forced to complete the required challenges.
However, the good thing is that developers are constantly listening to user feedback is making continuous plans for improvements and newer contents.
Digital Lode and Tripwire Interactive say that the game continues to be a top-seller on the Oculus store, and one of the few VR game titles that sold over 3 million USD.
The game received an annual update which included upgrades to graphics, performance, and gameplay performance.
Australia based immersive media company, Digital Lode, is a team of VR evangelists and contractor in interactive VR and AR applications. The team partnered with Tripwire Interactive, who is famous for developing Killing Floor, Red Orchestra franchises, and Maneater to publish Espire 1: VR Operative.