Killing Floor VR Update Introduces Espire 1 Features

by Jamie Feltham • May 24th, 2019

Well here’s a funny one. Killing Floor: Incursion, a VR spin-off of the popular horror shooter series, just got an update. Inside is a new feature first made for an entirely different upcoming VR game.

Update 1.06 on Rift/Vive and 1.05 on PSVR adds the ‘Espire Control Theater system’. That refers to Espire 1: VR Operative, an upcoming VR stealth game. Killing Floor developer Tripwire is publishing the game (which is being made by Digital Lode).

In Espire 1, the Control Theater is mapped to the user’s tracking setup. The game has players pilot humanoid drones for sneaking via advanced virtual reality. The idea being that the player themselves is an actual character in the real world, controlling a drone in the virtual one. When a player uses artificial locomotion (walking using sticks or touchpads) their field of view is restricted to keep players comfortable.

Killing Floor might not have the same story context but Tripwire’s included it all the same. To keep the game inline with the new feature, Tripwire has changed locomotion to a physics-based system, too. It’s also reworked the game’s levels to accommodate this.

Espire 1 is due to launch on Rift and Vive later this year. We’ve been really impressed by what we’ve seen of the game so far. If you’re looking for more VR stealth, a new Oculus Rift/Quest exclusive from nDreams might be up your street.

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