Today, developer Digital Lode and publisher Tripwire Presents announced that Espire 2, the sequel to the award-winning first-person stealth action virtual reality (VR) title Espire 1: VR Operative, will release on the Meta Quest 2 platform on Nov. 17. Pre-orders for Espire 2 are available starting today at approximately 10 a.m. PT via the Meta Store. Pre-order customers will receive a 10% discount off the list price. Additionally, the team at Digital Lode debuted a brand-new developer diary discussing the title’s evolution from Espire 1, the expansion of the development studio, and how they are making multiplayer co-op stealth gameplay shine in VR.
The new developer diary details the core principles behind the Espire series and how Digital Lode was born from a desire to create something in VR that’s never been done before – a genuine stealth experience in the immersive world of virtual reality. The developers also elaborate on what distinguishes Espire 2 from its predecessor, and how the latest entry pushes the boundaries of stealth in VR through the two playable frames known as Sinder and Sooty. Additionally, Espire 2 marks the first time Digital Lode will include a multiplayer component in any of its titles, with a dedicated co-op mode that allows two players to take control of each of the distinctly different frames and work together to complete missions. Digital Lode cites working with Tripwire Presents as a key factor in bringing multiplayer to Espire 2 due to Tripwire’s wealth of experience in creating amazing multiplayer games.
Scheduled to release on Nov. 17, 2022, for the Meta Quest 2 platform, Espire 2 combines the tactical precision of modern stealth titles with the unprecedented immersion of VR, further expanding upon the genre-defining experience of its critically acclaimed predecessor. For more information on developer Digital Lode and to stay up to date on the latest news for Espire 2, be sure to visit the official website, follow the developers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, and join the discussion on their Discord server.