There aren’t a lot of ideas in video games that haven’t been covered. That’s part of the charm of video games; they let you explore crazy, distant worlds, to be someone that you never could be in real life and allow you to experience a wide range of emotions. One of the things that I’ve always wanted to do, though, is to just crew up a starship and deal with some of the complications that Star Trek captains always seemed to run into during the multiple series and films. There have been some games that have attempted that, stuff like Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator and even (in a different genre) Guns of Icarus Online. Star Citizen has made some promises, but we’ve yet to see anything come of that just yet.
But the Ubisoft-developed Star Trek: Bridge Crew is like a dream come true. Unveiled originally at E3, Star Trek: Bridge Crew is a VR game that looks to put you on the bridge of the Starship Aegis (pfft, like you’d get to helm the Enterprise, c’mon) where you and your crew will be faced with a bunch of very Star Trek scenarios and will have to work together to make it through.
The game will be splitting players off into teams of four, allowing for players to choose between captain, engineering, tactical or engineer. The game takes place in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek universe, meaning not to expect stuff from the television series like Enterprise, Voyager, DS9, TOS or The Next Generation, looking to help out displaced Vulcans by finding them a new ship while facing down hostile Romulans and Klingons. All of this while running missions to find the Vulcans a new home world.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be released this Fall and be for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.