With an preliminary launch date set for 2019, Oculus instructed us final 12 months that the extremely anticipated Lone Echo II had been delayed to Q1 2020. With no information approaching the sport this week, and fewer than two weeks till the top of the quarter, the sport’s launch has slipped additional nonetheless.
Although GDC 2020 (which might have been held this week) was cancelled, Oculus has nonetheless been sharing a smattering of VR information this week. Final 12 months the corporate instructed us the sport had been delayed to Q1 2020, so we had anticipated to lastly hear extra about Lone Echo II this week, however Oculus tells Highway to VR that it has no information to share.
With lower than two weeks to the top of Q1, Lone Echo II seems to be sure to be additional delayed past Q1, although Oculus hasn’t given us any additional data on when to anticipate the sport.
Developed by Prepared at Daybreak, Lone Echo II, is about to launch completely on Rift. The sport was introduced again in 2018 because the followup to one of the crucial lauded Oculus unique titles, Lone Echo (2017).
Oculus and Prepared at Daybreak had proven us a refined preview of the sport final 12 months at E3 2019, so why the preliminary delay and now this additional delay? It’s laborious to say, however we have now a couple of guesses.
For one, the sport was introduced properly earlier than Fb launched Oculus Quest in Could 2019. Within the months since then, Fb appears to have shifted a lot of its VR focus away from its PC-based Rift and towards the standalone Quest. The corporate additionally introduced that Prepared at Daybreak could be bringing Echo Area—the multiplayer sibling of Lone Echo—to Quest, and this mission could have been given greater precedence than getting Lone Echo II out the door. Prepared at Daybreak indicated as a lot again on the preliminary delay telling us:
“Immediately we confirmed that Prepared At Daybreak is bringing Echo Area to Quest. In consideration of that mission, we determined to push Lone Echo II out to 2020 in order that we can provide all our consideration to that title as soon as [Echo Arena on Quest] is out. We’re taking the time we have to do these titles justice,” Ru Weerasuriya, Prepared at Daybreak’s CEO and Inventive Director, tells Highway to VR.
With Echo Area solely simply reaching the closed testing part subsequent week, it is smart that Lone Echo II has but to launch.