Schell Games is announcing it expects to release this year I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and the Liar, a virtual reality game that is a sequel to the funny original 2016 title.
The game will have new missions and an in-depth storyline similar the theme of the original, which was a comic James Bond-like spy game where the player had to escape from a villain’s trap. The title was inspired by the film Goldfinger, where the villain says, “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.”
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Schell Games said it created the sequel because of the overwhelmingly positive response from gamers and the game press. I Expect You To Die generated $6 million in revenue, which is pretty good for a VR title as the platform is still in its nascent years. But VR has been picking up steam with the launch of Facebook’s Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 wireless VR headsets.
After secretly surviving the events of the first title, players go deep undercover to explore the intelligence the Agency received regarding Zoraxis’ move for world domination. Players will embark on brand new missions to figure out what Zoraxis is up to, use their spy skills to retrieve vital intelligence for the Agency, and try their very best not to die mid-mission.
Jesse Schell, CEO of Schell Games, in an email to GamesBeat that the original I Expect You To Die was the company’s most popular VR title. So the team responded by starting the sequel in the fall of 2019.
“We wanted to build on the success of the original game, but find ways to take it someplace new,” Schell said.
Schell will be speaking today about VR and the metaverse at our GamesBeat Summit: Into the Metaverse conference today. (You can sign up here.) The company will announce which VR platforms the game will hit later.
“In developing I Expect You To Die 2, we wanted to improve and expand upon the mechanics and characteristics fans enjoyed the most in the original virtual reality game,” said Charlie Amis, project director for I Expect You To Die 2, in a statement. “New and returning players will experience new puzzles in fully immersive environments, complete with an in-depth storyline that makes the thrill of being an elite, super spy a reality. We can’t wait for the community to play it.”
Schell Games has 130 employees.
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