Espire 1: VR Operative Update Improves Every Level in the Game

Digital Lode’s Espire 1: VR Operative was recently added to the newly revised Meta Quest+ subscription service. Subscribers can download the award-winning VR stealth experience as part of the expanded library of VR experiences available through the service. That’s great news, of course. But there’s more! The latest free Espire 1: VR Operative update, known as New Recruits, has brought a host of improvements to Meta Quest headsets.

Espire 1: VR Operative is a critically acclaimed stealth game designed exclusively for VR. The game offers unique gameplay mechanics in which you take on the role of an Espire Agent. In the game, you’ll use cutting-edge Virtual Reality hardware to remote-operate the Espire model 1 drone while completing classified missions and challenges.

Espire 1: VR Operative is available for all major VR platforms. This includes PC, Meta Quest, and PlayStation VR for $19.99 USD. A sequel, simply named Espire 2, is also available and throws MR into the mix.

Espire 1: VR Operative ‘New Recruits’ Update screenshot

Espire 1: VR Operative ‘New Recruits’ Update

The Espire 1: VR Operative ‘New Recruits’ update, patch 1.11, is available now on Meta Quest headsets. It will also come to other headsets later this month. The full contents of the update, per messaging from publisher Tripwire Presents, are as follows:

  • Improved Quest Visuals and Performance: The visual quality and performance across Meta Quest Pro, Quest 2, and Quest 3 platforms has been enhanced. Quest 3 owners will see the most significant improvements.
  • Gameplay Enhancements and Polish: Stealth gameplay has been improved. A focus has been placed on interactions involving security cameras, mounted turrets, and tripmines. Every level in the game has received a polish pass for additional improvements.
  • New and Remixed Audio: Enemy soldiers will be more chatty following this update. This is thanks to the addition of a significant number of dialogue options, many of which have never been heard. A remix of the game’s main theme by composer Christopher Lisati has also been added. This will play upon campaign completion in normal or hard difficulty.
  • Leaderboard Fixes: Responding to reporting from the speedrunning community, a series of exploits allowing players to achieve seemingly impossible challenge completion times have been addressed.
  • VR Platform Support Update: This update is not available for Meta Quest 1 owners, who will continue to have access to version 1.9 without change. The update on non-Quest platforms will include all the content and visual improvements currently available to Quest users, and will also include changes allowing Digital Lode to support additional VR devices in the future.

Are you a fan of the Espire games returning with this new update? Are you going to play for the first time via Meta Quest+? Let us know in the comments below!