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Ubisoft Confirms Star Trek VR Game In The Works, Will Show Off At E3 Presser

by Kimberley Wallace on Jun 11, 2016 at 11:27 AM

Today Ubisoft made known its plans to boldly go into VR with Star Trek. Called Star Trek: Bridge Crew, the game is being developed by Red Storm Entertainment, known for its work on the Tom Clancy franchise.

The VR experience takes place in the Abrams' Star Trek universe and allows four players to board the starship Aegis and assume the role of captain, tactical, engineering, or helm officer. You must explore an uncharted sector of space called The Trench to find a suitable new home for the population of Vulcan. Fans will remember this planet was destroyed in the 2009 movie, Star Trek.

You use a VR headset along with hand controllers. The game replicates your head and hand motions, allowing you to scan for foreign objects, activate the warp drive, and display relevant imagery on the ship's viewscreen. You also must work with your team during combat and exploration, making decisions on how you want to approach situations and what the best course of action is. Red Storm creative director David Votypka teased to ABC News, "Is it more important to save the Vulcan scientists or rescue everyone on the planet? It might be too difficult to do both. It's just like the show. There's not any one right answer."

Ubisoft tweeted on its official account that it will show off Star Trek: Bridge Crew at its E3 press conference on Monday, which you can watch right with us at 1 p.m. Pacific / 4 p.m. Eastern.

Bridge Crew launches on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR this fall, so at least it won't be too long until you board the Aegis and live out your own Star Trek fantasy. 

 

[Source: Ubisoft, ABC News]

Our Take
I already like the sound of having some choice in how you approach situations and working as a team. It might be hard to get a group of four together, but we'll have to wait for Ubisoft's upcoming press conference for more details. Until then, this looks like one of the more promising VR projects that's been announced. Star Trek fans should be excited.