Digital Lode launched its stealthy shooter Espire 1: VR Operative for multiple headsets back in 2019 including Oculus Quest. When the Quest 2 arrived in 2020 the videogame was updated to make use of that extra processing power. Today, the Oculus Quest/Quest2 edition is getting further improvements by way of more content including new guns and challenges.
When it comes to the new weapons the campaign will now feature a sawn-off shotgun and the Spectre SMG. As you’d expect from a sawn-off shotgun any idea of stealth is quickly thrown out the window. Just liked you’d do in a videogame such as Doom, using this gun in Espire 1: VR Operative is all about stomping around the environment guns blazing. Thanks to its compact size you can holster the sawn-off shotgun as either the primary or secondary weapon. And because it’s reloaded via magazine clips there’s no need to deal with individual shells. To access the gun you’ll need to complete the Shotgun Virtual Challenges.
As for the Spectre SMG, this comes equipped with a suppressor and an extended 45-round magazine. The gun has a unique firing mode where one round is fired on a trigger squeeze with a second firing upon release with reduced recoil. Once again, the Spectre SMG has to be unlocked so you can use it in the campaign, via the SMG Virtual Challenges.
There are also two new challenges to test those skills on. The Furcata Virtual Challenge is supposedly Digital Lode’s most difficult hostage rescue challenge to date, with multiple starting points, skilled marksmen, and well-guarded hostages. Then you have Mangua, a brand-new Takedown challenge which: “offers branching paths and rewards players who explore with special weapons to help complete their objectives,” the studio explians.
The Espire 1: VR Operative Spectre Update is live today as a free add-on if you already own it. For those that don’t, Espire 1: VR Operative is in Oculus’ Daily Deal with a 25% discount available.
Espire 1: VR Operative is set in the near future where the days of having to physically infiltrate secret bases are gone. Now they use remote Espire Model 1 robots to do the job that allow you to easily scale walls and scurry through buildings to remain unseen or grab that shotgun and go for a more direct, gunfight approach, rebooting into a new unit when too much damage is taken.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Espire 1: VR Operative, reporting back with further updates.