Our favorite Quest 2 puzzle series lives another day in I Expect You to Die 3

"I Expect You to Die 3: Cog in the Machine" superimposed over a screenshot from the game
(Image credit: Schell Games)

What you need to know

  • A trailer for I Expect You to Die 3: Cog in the Machine appeared during the Meta Quest Games Showcase.
  • The series stars an unnamed secret agent fighting evil organization Zoraxis and its plans for world destruction. 
  • The third game is available for Meta Quest consoles starting this summer.

I Expect You to Die is one of the most charming VR puzzle games we've ever played, with the sequel "The Spy and the Liar" upping the ante with improved graphics and a villain voiced by Wil Wheaton. On Thursday, we saw the trailer for the latest installment, "Cog in the Machine," which promises more of the same.

Built for fans of escape-the-room games, I Expect You to Die has various levels (or missions) where you're placed in a deadly situation and have to use your surroundings to dismantle traps or foil evil plots. 

Developer Schell Games promises that Cog in the Machine is "bigger and better than ever with more hours of gameplay" than the first two games. You'll face off against long-time foe Dr. Zor, while also dealing with "a brand new villain, Dr. Roxanna Prism." 

Based on the trailer, Prism intends to kill you in order to prove that her robotic secret agents are "superior."

As in the first two games, your British spy character has access to telekinetic powers, so you can pull objects to you; it's a fixed-position game, which should make it great for VR newbies to avoid motion sickness. Also like the originals, you'll be able to replay levels to complete challenges, which should give it replay value.

We're hopeful that I Expect You to Die 3 will join the ranks of the best Quest 2 games, based on how much we love the series' mechanics, humor, and challenging solutions. 

The Meta Quest Games Showcase has revealed dozens of upcoming Meta Quest titles, giving VR fans plenty to look forward to throughout the rest of 2023.


I Expect You to Die: Cog in the Machine

"In I Expect You To Die 3: Cog in the Machine, the evil Dr. Zor has a dastardly new scheme, and it’s up to you and your incredible (or not-so-incredible) espionage skills to stop them. Worse, there’s a new villain to contend with — one who’s more clever than you can imagine."

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Michael L Hicks
Senior Editor, VR/AR and fitness

Michael is Android Central's resident expert on fitness tech and wearables, with an enthusiast's love of VR tech on the side. After years freelancing for Techradar, Wareable, Windows Central, Digital Trends, and other sites on a variety of tech topics, AC has given him the chance to really dive into the topics he's passionate about. He's also a semi-reformed Apple-to-Android user who loves D&D, Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings.

For wearables, Michael has tested dozens of smartwatches from Garmin, Fitbit, Samsung, Apple, COROS, Polar, Amazfit, and other brands, and will always focus on recommending the best product over the best brand. He's also completed marathons like NYC, SF, Marine Corps, Big Sur, and California International — though he's still trying to break that 4-hour barrier.