Schell Games’ I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and the Liar will launch this summer.
A new trailer for the spy-themed puzzler debuted as part of the Upload VR Showcase and the video shows us the best look yet at the new environments, story, and mechanics in this sequel to one of consumer VR’s earliest hand-controlled games. The sequel was announced in January with full confirmation in today’s trailer that it is coming to Oculus platforms, SteamVR, and PlayStation VR as well.
Schell Games is also the studio behind popular sword-fighting game Until You Fall and the studio’s CEO, Jesse Schell, is a well-known game designer. In February, we exclusively interviewed Schell about the accommodating seated design style of I Expect You To Die and its sequel:
So we know that the less space required the more likely people are going to drop in and try it. And then further, the nature of a puzzle game in some ways is better suited to a seated experience because something that happens in puzzle games is there are times you have to stop and think. And you just have to be kind of “Ooh, what am I going to do?”
And if you have to stand up while you’re doing that, you start to become a little conscious of it. You start to get fidgety, you start to feel like– you just don’t feel great about yourself. But if you’re kind of seated and you can kind of lean back and play with some of the virtual toys in the environment. It’s almost like you cozy into the world.
I know that sounds a little weird. And so it’s a thing we think about. So like for us, the big contrast is I Expect You To Die versus Until You Fall, our sword fighting game, which that one’s very, very much being about on your feet and taking advantage of the energy that you have on your feet.
This is much more about playing with the contrast of sometimes on relaxing, but then sometimes a tense moment, but now back to relaxing again. It’s interesting, but we questioned do we want to stay seated for the second game, but after kind of going through it, we felt now that feels like part of what this is about.