Ready at Dawn’s last major release was The Order: 1886, a third person shooter that was met with a reasonably warm reception. This time around, the studio is doing something pretty different with Lone Echo, an upcoming VR title that’s being built with the new Oculus Touch controllers in mind.
Right away I have to say this is probably one of the best games shown off at Oculus Connect 3, and for several reasons, which I’ll get to in a bit.
First, let’s talk a bit about the overall story. In the game you take the role of an advanced robot named Jack. From what we gather, the game will put a ton of emphasis on the relationship between this artificial lifeform and the NPCs around it. It will also be very story-driven, and while there might be a few action sequences, for the most part we are looking at a slow paced sort of experience.
At Oculus Connect 3 I did have the opportunity to check out the Lone Echo demo, which was actually pretty short around just two minutes or so. The demo starts with me adjusting a satellite to check out an anomaly and then shortly after all hell breaks loose. After that, I’m basically exploring an obstacle course and getting to know the controls a bit.
What about the gameplay? As the game takes place in space, it of course simulates zero gravity and forces you to rely on grabbing onto railings and panels in order to get around the space station. I’ll admit that it took a moment to get used to, but after I got the hang of it — I had a lot of fun.
We really like what Oculus has done with the Touch, and these controllers work really well with Lone Echo. With the Touch controllers I was able to place my hands on walls and other objects naturally, and holding the trigger let me use suction cups that I can use to push forward. There were also these canisters attached to your arms for propelling forward that I could activate using the wrist area of the controller.
It’s worth noting that there is going to be a multiplayer component here as well, though we really have little details on what that will look like right now.
At the end of the day, Lone Echo has unique and intriguing mechanics, looks visually great, and appears to have plenty to do. In short, I am really looking forward to seeing what the full game brings.
For now, there are no specific dates announced for this title, but hopefully we’ll learn more in the near future. What do you think of Lone Echo? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.