Espire 1: VR Operative is an espionage themed experience that could only be described as Metal Gear Solid in VR. To showcase this unique VR experience, the team at Trip Wire had partnered with Intel to showcase the game during the Game Developers Conference 2019.

This is a look at my experience demoing Espire 1: VR Operative while having a quick chat with the Trip Wire team.

Meeting the Trip Wire Team

I meet up with the Trip Wire team and had a short conversation before the demo session. Speaking mostly with Trent Mendoza, the game was inspired by the iconic stealth action series and many of its mechanics has inspired those featured in Espire 1: VR Operative. However it should also be noted that Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cells also played an influence in the setting of the game.

One thing the team hopes for in the future would be a collaboration with Konami to create an actual VR adaptation of Metal Gear Solid. They will also be happy if David Hayter would want to make a cameo in the game.

Playing the Demo

Espire 1: VR Operative begins with my Espire being activated and learning the basics of the game. I was able to develop my combat skills with a tranquilizer gun (more of that Metal Gear influence) while also learning about some of the games unique mechanics.

Once I left the training room, I had my first encounter with several enemy sentries. Even though this is a stealth game, combat was optional (plus I was not in the mood to be sneaky) and so I took them all out with no problem. After collecting an assault rifle and some ammo, I explored the room for secrets passages or additional loot.

I made my way to the next room, which had more enemy sentries but plenty of attack options. Being new, I opted to engage since I had the high ground. During the firefight, I depleted the ammo for my assault rifle but I was lucky enough to pick up an MP7. After clearing the room, I enter the next stage only to be caught by a drone (hence ending the demo session).

Final Thought

Espire 1: VR Operative promises to be an stealth action VR experience and it delivers on that. It has all the elements of an espionage adventure along with gameplay mechanics that allows it to stand out from other titles. It openly showcases its influence but knows not to be a knock-off while also standing out.

Overall, Espire 1: VR Operative is an experience that gamers should look out for in 2019 as it’s one of the most promising VR titles.

This special report is part of 8Bit/Digi‘s coverage of the Game Developers Conference 2019. If you attended the event, please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Disclaimer: GDC provided me with press credentials for the week.

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