The video game industry isn’t in a good state at the moment. There have been a number of high-profile studio closures and staff layoffs at juggernauts like the Embracer Group and Epic Games. In the VR space, Meta has initiated a round of layoffs in its custom chip department and now Digital Lode has joined that unenviable group. The studio behind the Espire stealth games, it’s revealed that content updates will end as staff redundancies are made.
Generally, if a game hasn’t received an update in a few years and it’s been surpassed by a sequel then you’d assume its dead. Or more accurately, the devs are done with it. That seemed to be the case with Espire 1: VR Operative, which launched for Meta Quest and PCVR headsets in 2019. While the Quest version saw continual updates, the Steam edition was left to languish. Surprisingly, after 3 whole years, Digital Lode has just brought the game up to date.
All the hype in the VR industry is firmly squared on the upcoming PSVR2 launch. However, there’s still a great many reasons to keep the faith with the original PSVR headset. Sony are clearly aware of this, with a number of different PlayStation Store promotions offering discounts on more than 15 PSVR games.