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Star Trek: Bridge Crew looks like every Trekkie's dream come true!

Ubisoft will release Star Trek: Bridge Crew, an upcoming virtual reality game based on the 50-year old sci-fi franchise. It will work with the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR when it is released later this fall.

The Associated Press, via ABC News, has the first info on the game, which is being developed by Ubisoft's Red Storm Entertainment studio. The four-player co-op game will allow players to take on the role of the captain of a Federation starship, the Aegis, or the roles of the ship's tactical, engineering or helm officers:

"Bridge Crew" utilizes a VR headset and hand-held controllers to boldly mimic seated players' heads and hands on the virtual bridge, providing 360-degree views and the ability to complete such tasks as activating the warp drive, scanning foreign objects in space and broadcasting relevant imagery to the ship's viewscreen.

The game itself is set during the timeline of the recent Star Trek movies reboot, as the Aegis is looking for a new homeworld for the Vulcans (their world was destroyed in the 2009 J.J. Abrams film):

"At first, people might think you're just pushing buttons and that's lame," said David Votypka, senior creative director at Red Storm. "However, it's what the buttons do that makes it cool. You're on a Federation starship firing torpedoes, raising shields and turning on the red alert. That's an awesome sensation, especially when you're playing in VR with friends."

The article also shows how three Star Trek actors (the movie's reboot Dr. McCoy, Karl Urban, along with Star Trek: Voyager's Jeri Ryan and Star Trek: The Next Generation's LeVar Burton) reacted when they got to play a mission in Star Trek: Bridge Crew. There's no indication if they will be involved in the game itself.

30 Comments
  • Now this is cool. Not that I'm going to invest the required money in a VR environment like this, nor am I a particularly bug trekkie, but it's very cool indeed. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Great, now I need to find 2 grand for a VR system. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Have Scotty beam it down. Posted via the Android Central App
  • He di'nae have the power Posted via the Android Central App
  • Thankfully it's set in Abrams' ersatz star wars universe, so I don't need to buy it. It's best to assume I'm being sarcastic. if I'm ever serious I'll type "/s" to make it clear.
  • Yeah true. If it were a TNG bridge sim, I'd have been foaming at the mouth to get it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup, if it was TNG or Voyager it may well have sold me one! Although having played bridge commander before it's best to be wary. It's best to assume I'm being sarcastic. if I'm ever serious I'll type "/s" to make it clear.
  • Well, glad I lived long enough to see this development. Every Trek fan's dream come true, indeed. It's also a great way for them to ignite interest in the franchise, which I think most agree has been flagging in recent years... Posted via the Android Central App on Gallium OS Linux for Chromebooks via ARC Welder
  • Gear vr? S7 edge? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nope - they forgot they have a site dedicated to VR now and posted it here.... :P (Yes, I know - broken record) Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm confused.. the gear vr is powered by Oculus right? Does that mean their entire library is available for the vr then ? Posted via the Android Central App
  • No, it certainly does not. A gear VR is nowhere near as powerful as an oculus rift or HTC vive (all connected to their relevant computing boxes, of course). It's best to assume I'm being sarcastic. if I'm ever serious I'll type "/s" to make it clear.
  • A phone is not even close to powerful enough to power full VR games. You need a computer that costs at least $1500 to get any decent experience in VR. Hell, each component of the computer (apart from CPU I guess) is as large as or larger than a GS7 and for good reason :P Blackberry Priv
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  • I've actually had some very good experiences with vr on the gear vr. So it is definitely powerful enough to handle most sit down experiences. The other systems require more power under the hood because they track you movements and incorporate it into the game. The gear ver can definitely deliver decent frame rates to compete with the more expensive systems, at least from my experiences. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You're completely wrong. Doom and fallout 4 were just announces for VR, do you honestly think your S7 can run them? I'm not saying the gear VR can't offer great experiences, but it can't keep up with a gaming PC or a console. It's best to assume I'm being sarcastic. if I'm ever serious I'll type "/s" to make it clear.
  • Of course not. But--in terms of game play--something like Bridge Crew seems entirely doable on the Gear VR, albeit with extremely downgraded graphics and resolution to any PC-based VR system of course. But I see no reason why you couldn't do the same things and missions (e.g. Look around, operate the shields, shoot missiles etc...) -- Posted via my Titanium Silver Galaxy S7 edge --
  • As crappy as this game looks....I'm guessing it would run fine on a phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Judging by the popularity of the Sims franchise...they would do well to just have thousands of on line folks interacting on everyday happenings on the ship. Posted via Serenity
  • +1 these are getting old already! Posted via my amazing, bent nexus 6p
  • -1 Blackberry Priv
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  • It's like Space Team but in VR :D
    I for one am excited, though I imagine it won't be quite as good on the Playstation (the route I'm taking), if only because of the lack of Vive's motion controls. Blackberry Priv
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  • I hate that we're now gonna see lots of useless stock photography with people wearing VR headsets.
  • Is that Geordie La Forge, Wesley Crusher, and Tasha Yar? Looks like they put on some weight!
  • Hang your head in shame! lol. Also if it was them it's been 22 years since TNG ended, give em a break! It's best to assume I'm being sarcastic. if I'm ever serious I'll type "/s" to make it clear.
  • Wesley Crusher should never be given a break. He was awful...just awful. Posted via the Android Central App
  • He was, but while he used the characters names, it's really the actors he was slagging off. They're people, they age. It happens to all of us. It's best to assume I'm being sarcastic. if I'm ever serious I'll type "/s" to make it clear.
  • Opps sorry; my bad. It is La Forge, McCoy, and 7 of 9.
  • Even at nearly 50 years old, 7 of 9 is d'lish. nom nom nom.
  • +1 -- Posted via my Titanium Silver Galaxy S7 edge --
  • It looks like a mobile game from 7 years ago!! Posted via the Android Central App