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Espire 1: VR Operative, Digital Lode and Tripwire Interactive’s hotly-awaited VR stealth combat game, may have been delayed a day before it was originally set for release back in September, but now the studios say the time is nigh for the game’s launch; it’s tentatively slated to happen between now and some point next week.
Update (November 18th, 2019): You might have seen the PS blog post noting that Espire 1: VR Operative would be releasing on the 19th of this month, however the exact date is actually still to be determined.
This is what a Tripwire Interactive spokesperson has to say via the official Discord channel:
“Both of these dates (26th and the 19th) are not quite right and is the result of some miscommunication within Sony as our exact date has been in flux. Per the transparency I’ve attempted to upkeep with all of you, the reality of it is that we’re targeting somewhere between those dates and we’re pretty confident in that.”
The original article follows below:
Original Article (September 23rd, 2019): Originally planned for release on September 24th, Digital Lode and Tripwire Interactive announced today—one day before its planned launch—that Espire 1: VR Operative is going to be delayed by several weeks.
The studios say in a Steam community post that launch, which is now slated to take place sometime in Fall 2019, has been delayed due to “a few lingering issues that were not so readily apparent in previous testing.”
“Currently we have found some stability and performance issues, that while not always impacting the player, will be frequent enough with sustained play that we feel it would hinder your enjoyment.”
The game has been under development for a few years now by the Melbourne-based Digital Lode, and was previously scheduled to release sometime in August. The studios subsequently pushed back launch to September 24th, an announcement that came only a few days before the end of August.
Espire 1 is a story-based single-player VR game centered around stealth and espionage, with not only a healthy does of gun combat, but plenty of novel locomotion and game mechanics to boot. Take a look at the GDC 2019 gameplay play-through to see a bit of what Espire 1 had on offer:
Espire 1 is priced at $30, and is targeting a variety of platforms, including HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Valve Index, Windows VR, PSVR, and Oculus Quest.
The game is set to be available on Steam (Vive, Rift, Index, Windows VR), the PlayStation Store (PSVR), and the Oculus Store (Rift, Quest).
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