Even though Espire 1: VR Operative launched a couple of years ago across most major platforms, lately, developer Digital Lode has been concentrating on improving the experience for Oculus Quest owners. Today’s free Invictus update continues that trend, adding a new map, challenge elements as well as quality of life improvements.
Players will now be able to test their skills in the Coober Pedy map, located in a remote underground mining town in South Australia of the same name. This new scenario is all about infiltrating Ophis’ headquarters, with the town made up of a hotel, church, and series of caves interconnected by a series of twisting tunnels. A new map also means new challenges, these are:
- 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.
The other big addition in the update is Oculus Challenge Leaderboard support for each new Virtual Challenge. These allow players to compete for first place, new ones appearing in the main menu each week. The challenges are integrated with Oculus’ mobile app, where players can invite friends during the limited time each challenge is open.
While the Invictus update certainly adds plenty of new content if you’ve recently updated your Oculus Quest to v33 you may have noticed occasional issues with Espire 1: VR Operative. This was confirmed by Digital Lode on its Discord, saying earlier today: “We are sorry to hear that some players are experiencing occasional ‘hitches’ when playing Espire 1 on the latest Quest OS update. Unfortunately the latest “v33” Quest OS update has an incompatibility with Espire 1, causing occasional ‘hitches’ to occur. This issue is limited to the Quest 2 headset only, on the latest “v33″ update. We have been working with our partners at Oculus to address this as quickly as possible and a fix should be coming in the next OS update, v34! In the meantime, if there are any possible workarounds, we will let the community know immediately!”
Considering Quest’s software updates are monthly there shouldn’t be too long to wait, although they usually land towards the end of each month. For further updates on the issue, keep reading VRFocus.