Espire 1: VR Operative Invictus Update Offers Agents New Map and Oculus Challenges for Quest Platforms

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Espire 1: VR Operative Invictus Update Offers Agents
New Map and Oculus Challenges for Quest Platforms


Developer Digital Lode and Publisher Tripwire Presents Raise the Stakes for Espire Agents with Free Update Today for Oculus Quest and Quest 2


ROSWELL, Ga. – Oct. 6, 2021 – Publisher Tripwire Presents and developer Digital Lode announced today the launch of the Espire 1: VR Operative Invictus update, the latest free update for the top selling and award-winning virtual reality (VR) stealth experience. Available today for Oculus Quest and Quest 2 VR platforms, today’s update introduces the brand-new map, Coober Pedy with new Combat, Objective, and Stealth Virtual Challenges for players to tackle. In addition, Oculus Challenge Leaderboard support has been added for Quest platforms for each new Virtual Challenge, allowing Espire agents around the world to compete for the best scores.

Espire 1: VR Operative set the new gold standard for the stealth genre in virtual reality, delivering gameplay mechanics for the stealth and action genres that have yet to be explored in the space. Players are charged with the role of an “Espire Agent” and use cutting-edge Virtual Reality hardware to remote-operate the Espire model 1 drone.


Espire 1: VR Operative Invictus update highlights include:

  • Oculus challenges support: The Invictus update includes support for the “Oculus Challenges” feature. Compete for 1st place in regular Oculus challenges that are set by the Digital Lode developers! New Challenges will appear in Espire 1‘s main menu each week and are integrated with the Oculus mobile app where you can invite friends and compete for the top spot during the limited time each challenge is open for competition.
  • Coober Pedy Map: Set in the remote underground mining town in South Australia of the same name, Espire Agents are charged with infiltrating Ophis’ headquarters in this new scenario, featuring a hotel, church, and series of caves interconnected by the twisted series of tunnels below.
  • Horcotes Elimination Challenge: Go in quiet or with guns blazing in this new Elimination Virtual Challenge. Explosives and turrets are scattered throughout the map.
  • Cicurina Hostage Rescue Challenge: Locate and free the heavily guarded hostages and don’t forget the tools and tactics at your disposal. Throw objects to distract guards with sound, sneak up behind a guard for a “hold up,” or activate bullet time to steal a guard’s weapon right out of their hands.
  • Crassipes Stealth Challenge: Use the cover of darkness to make your way through the level without being spotted and take care to avoid activating the mines.

In addition, developer Digital Lode has included numerous technical, and quality of life improvements based on feedback from the player community with today’s Espire 1: VR Operative Invictus update launch. For full details on the update, please head here. Oculus owners looking to expand their library with Espire 1: VR Operative, the new gold standard in VR stealth, should keep an eye out for news on promotions on official Tripwire and Oculus channels.

As a virtual reality title that combines first-person stealth and shooting mechanics, Espire 1: VR Operative is a game that’s best shown in motion. Visit our press kit – and watch the latest clips captured from the new Coober Pedy map in the Espire 1: VR Operative Invictus update for a closer look at the title’s immersive gameplay mechanics. Activate bullet time, punch a guard in his face, and shoot him down with his own weapon, take advantage of a higher position to get the drop on enemies, peer over ledges and around corners to identify targets, and more.

To stay up to date on the latest Espire 1: VR Operative news, be sure to visit the official website – and follow the developers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Tripwire Interactive
Formed in 2005 as a humble independent developer founded by gamers who found success in the video game modding community, Tripwire Interactive has developed and self-published multiple critically acclaimed titles in the wildly popular Killing Floor and Rising Storm franchises, which have collectively sold over 20 million units to date. The studio’s latest project, Maneater, breaks new ground in the popular action RPG genre and finds players taking on the role of a deadly shark with the uncanny ability to evolve as it feeds.

Since then, Tripwire Interactive has expanded its business and now turns its experience and resources to include publishing titles spanning multiple platforms and genres from other talented independent studios. Led by John Gibson, the publishing division aims to help like-minded independent studios bring their titles to market, including Chivalry 2 developed by Torn Banner Studios, Espire 1: VR Operative developed by Digital Lode, and Road Redemption developed by EQ Games and Pixel Dash Studios.