‘Lone Echo’: A Behind-the-Scenes Look Into the Making of One of VR’s First True Classics

Oculus Blog
September 30, 2021

With the long-awaited release of Lone Echo II from Ready At Dawn Studios fast approaching on October 12, we wanted to do something special to celebrate the first game in the series, the original Lone Echo. It’s been over four years since the game first debuted on the Oculus Rift Platform, and to this day it remains one of the most immersive and narratively captivating VR adventures out there.

To celebrate its legacy and to get ready for the launch of the sequel, we took the time to speak with several members of the development team. You can see excerpts from those interviews in the embedded video below:

To give you a little taste, here’s a brief excerpt of the Lone Echo retrospective. If you want to read it in full, you can find it on Tech@Facebook.

“The original premise for Lone Echo was really for us as a studio to put together a AAA narrative-based adventure game set in space,” says Lone Echo Game Director Dana Jan. “We traditionally like to make games that have a lot of action in them, but they're also very story-based and character-focused. We were looking to carry over some of that expertise that we had from the titles we've made in the past with us in how we approached Lone Echo.

“One of the interesting factors for us was from a gameplay presentation standpoint—a human player was going to be embodying a synthetic Android being for the first time in VR, so we had to think a lot about the pros and cons of that scenario. What could we do to help you as a player really immerse yourself in this world and that adventure? A human companion became an obvious choice for us because we didn't want the experience to feel isolating, and we needed her character to mirror the way that the player was feeling, despite the fact that you yourself were embodying a cold, metallic shell.”

You can play the first Lone Echo right now on the Rift Platform (or on the Oculus Quest Platform via Oculus Link or Air Link) and see the origins of Jack and Liv’s journey in anticipation of the follow-up game’s release very soon.

Lone Echo II is coming exclusively to the Rift Platform for $39.99 USD on October 12.