Developers from the studio Ready at Dawn reportedthat the space adventure Lone Echo II for the Oculus Rift will not be released on August 24, as it was promised previously. Now they plan to release the game sometime before the end of 2021.
The reason for the transfer is typical – the developers took longer to polish: “We were delighted to receive so much warm and enthusiastic feedback last month when we announced the release date for the Lone Echo II. Like many other studios, recently we have faced new development difficulties and we had to show ingenuity and resourcefulness to bring the project to its current state. We’ve worked hard to create a quality game and look forward to your next adventure with Liv and Jack. Nevertheless, as the day of the premiere got very close, we realized that we needed a little more polishing time to achieve the desired quality level. “
“The decision to transfer is always a tough one, but we are confident that you deserve the very best. – added a Ready at Dawn employee. – Thank you for your patience and understanding. Take care of yourself. See you on the rings of Saturn … “
Lone Echo II was announced in September 2018. The sequel will continue the story of the android Echo One, nicknamed Jack and the captain Olivia Rhodes. After 400 years, the heroes will find themselves at a mysterious abandoned station and learn about the existence of a new form of biomass, which they encountered in the first part. They have to solve the mystery of this place and find their way home.
In the sequel, the gameplay will also be based on moving and using objects in zero gravity, but this time there will be opponents from whom you will have to hide. In addition, the developers have expanded the world, added many new tools and made puzzles more difficult. The game will be available on Oculus Rift, Oculus Rift S, as well as Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 (via Oculus Link or Air Link).
The original Lone Echo was the VR debut of Ready at Dawn, which created the handheld God of War and action-adventure The Order: 1886. The game was released in July 2017 on the Oculus Rift and Oculus Rift S. The multiplayer component, Echo Arena, was also released separately. The project received high marks from the press (rating on Metacritic – 89/100): Journalists named it one of the best for VR devices, especially noting the storytelling, interactivity, interface and movement system.
In June 2020, Facebook announced the purchase of Ready at Dawn.