Today there have been quite a few announcements when it comes to virtual reality (VR) content coming in 2019 and beyond. Getting in on the action is Digital Lode and Tripwire Interactive, revealing that their stealthy first-person shooter (FPS) Espire 1: VR Operative will be coming to most major headsets in a couple of months.

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Hoping to become the definitive VR stealth videogame, Espire 1: VR Operative puts you in the role of a drone operator, not some little flying device to film scenic views but a fully remote-controlled robot. You become an Espire Agent, operating the Espire model 1 from the safety of a “Control Theatre.”

This Control Theatre lays at the heart of Espire 1: VR Operative’s gameplay, with developer Digital Lode spending significant time ensuring a comfortable experience for all players. “Any time a player performs any artificial locomotion, the game world shrinks down to the size of a floating tablet, with the Control Theatre visible in the player’s peripheral vision,” explains the studio. “This “VR within VR” system allows for precise full freedom of movement, maintains immersion, and also eliminates “VR motion sickness” for almost everyone.”

Espire 1: VR Operative will be a dedicated single-player experience with individual story missions and scenario missions that use the story mission environments for short challenges. You’ll have complete freedom to explore the environments to plan the most suitable stealthy routes, with dozens of unique gadgets and weapons to play with, such as a tranquillizer pistol and deployable spy cameras.

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Other features will include voice control, so you can make commands and perform actions simply by speaking. A global leaderboard awards players a competitive score based on mission time, movement, stealth, ammo conservation, takedowns and other factors. Espire 1: VR Operative will be as natural as possible so you can crouch to enter cover for example.

Espire 1: VR Operative will arrive for Oculus Quest, Oculus Rift S, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Valve Index and Windows Mixed Reality headsets in August. A date for PlayStation VR and other platforms will be revealed in the near future. VRFocus will continue its coverage of Espire 1: VR Operative, reporting back with the latest updates.

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