With virtual reality platforms really beginning to gain prominence this year, Ubisoft have decided to take the foundations provided by the elaborate Star Trek universe to develop Star Trek: Bridge Crew. Playable co-operatively with a crew or solo as a Captain, Bridge Crew will see players placed directly onto the bridge of a Starfleet Ship, able to explore space as a member of the Federation.
Developed by Red Storm Entertainment, Star Trek: Bridge Crew has been designed exclusively for VR. According to Ubisoft, they are “capitalizing on the powerful sense of social presence only possible through virtual reality”. The game makes use of hand tracking and full-body avatars, and will feature real-time lip sync. The goal is to ensure that players experience what it’s like to serve as an officer on the bridge of a Federation starship.
As a crew, players will form a team of four to operate the roles of Captain, Helm, Tactical or Engineer. Each role is crucial to the success of the varied missions players face, and only by working together can the crew complete their objectives. Also playable in solo, players will assume the role of Captain and dispatch orders to their NPC crew mates. The Captain’s strategic decisions will be vital in order to successfully complete missions.
Under license by CBS Consumer Products, Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be available on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in Spring, and PlayStation VR at launch of the platform in October. This will complement other games being developed by Ubisoft for virtual reality, including Werewolves Within and Eagle Flight.
David Votypka | Sr. Creative Director at Red Storm Entertainment
We feel privileged to work with this amazing brand, especially considering its decorated history and what it has meant to people over the last five decades. This game is particularly exciting because for the first time players will actually get to be a part of a Starfleet crew and work together to operate the ship as they face a variety of missions and challenges.
John Van Citters | Vice President of Product Development at CBS Consumer Products
We’re always looking for new and compelling ways for fans to experience the Star Trek universe. This is the Star Trek game we’ve always wanted to make, but until now the technology didn’t exist. Working alongside Red Storm Entertainment, we’ve been able to bring to life a new ship, the U.S.S. Aegis, for fans to control as they take their turn in the captain’s chair and carry on Starfleet’s mission of exploration and truly bring the Star Trek experience to life.
About Star Trek: Bridge Crew
The mission: explore a largely uncharted sector of space known as The Trench, in hopes of locating a suitable new home world for the decimated Vulcan populace while coming into direct conflict with the vaunted Klingon Empire. Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts a player and their friends into the heart of a new starship, the U.S.S. Aegis, where every action and decision that is made together will determine the fate of the ship and crew.