Lone Echo 2 Continues Its Android-Human Companionship VR Adventure in Early 2020

Lone Echo 2 Continues Its Android-Human Companionship VR Adventure in Early 2020

Announced last year for 2019, Lone Echo 2 now has a new release window, and new details too.

Two years ago, Ready At Dawn's virtual reality adventure game Lone Echo released on the Oculus Rift, published by Oculus Studios. The space-bound adventure quickly became a favorite among VR enthusiasts, racking up VR game of the year awards. Today, Oculus Studios and Ready At Dawn have announced a new release window for a sequel to the title, one that has greater ambition than its direct predecessor as revealed in new details.

Lone Echo 2 picks up right where Lone Echo left off: with the android Jack and their human partner Captain Olivia Rhodes stranded in the 26th Century on the Rings of Saturn. In my hands-on time with Lone Echo 2, floating through space stations immediately felt familiar. As the android Jack, I grabbed onto bars and propelled myself forward. In some instances, I even used my weight to push a crane to solve a puzzle. Looking out windows to see the vastness of space was still, as it tends to be in VR, gorgeous.

In the first Lone Echo, Liv played a big role in the beginning, and later at the end. That was because it was a monumental task to bring her into the game, according to Nathan Phail-Liff, art director on the first Lone Echo and game director for the sequel. This led to her only being present at a limited capacity. There's a key difference in Lone Echo 2, though: your companion Liv is now almost always at your side, and in some instances, you can even direct her to help you solve a puzzle.

"In Lone Echo 2, we looked at ways of actually having her be more present with the player in more cooperative gameplay, in longer stretches of narrative and discovery together," Phail-Liff tells USG during an Oculus reveal event last week. "So that was definitely an area we looked at, kind of taking what we wanted from first and giving you more of that."

Liv was with me a good majority of my demo too, unlike the predecessor. That co-op with an NPC is the big thing Lone Echo 2 is focusing on. When I ask Phail-Liff if that means there will be co-op with two actual players in the future, noting the capability already present in the competitive multiplayer spinoff of Echo Arena in VR, he says it's not currently planned.

Lone Echo 2 picks up where the first game left off. | Ready At Dawn/Oculus Studios

"That sounds amazing. Currently we're not really looking at that," he says. "But yeah, between having kind of a social competitive multiplayer game using the movement model and a single-player game, I can see where there might be a fit there. But it's not in our current ambitions for Lone Echo 2."

Lone Echo 2 is aiming for a Q1 2020 release on Oculus Rift, instead of its original 2019 release window. Oculus also released its two newest headsets: the Oculus Quest, a cordless all-in-one headset that doesn't require a PC to run, and the Oculus Rift S, an updated version of its core PC VR headset today. The Oculus Rift S replaces the base Oculus VR hardware, and retails for $399.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Caty McCarthy

Senior Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's Senior Editor.

In other news

Nightdive's Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition Won't Be Coming in 2020 After All

Updating Westwood's 1997 classic is a bit harder than expected without the source code.

Double Fine's LucasArts Remasters Are All Coming to Game Pass Soon

The Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, and Day of the Tentacle remasters will all arrive on Xbox in a few weeks.

Hello Games Teases New No Man's Sky Update Called Origins

It'll be "the beginning of something new," studio founder Sean Murray says.

The New Myst Remake for Oculus Rift Is Also Coming to PC

Cyan is rebuilding the 1993 classic from the ground-up for VR as well as flatscreen play.

Need help?

Outer Wilds Walkthrough

You’re pretty much left to your own devices in Outer Wilds. Here’s a recommended path.

Zelda Link's Awakening Signpost Maze - How to Make it Through the Signpost Puzzle

Here's our guide on making it through the Signpost puzzle in Zelda Link's Awakening as easily as possible.

No Man's Sky Tips - How to Get Started in 2019

Here are some tips to help you get a strong start in No Man's Sky.

Zelda Breath of the Wild Boss Guides - How to Beat Every Boss and Conquer Every Dungeon

This is our complete Zelda Breath of the Wild bosses guide, detailing every single boss and all the dungeons in Hyrule.