Ubisoft have teased a new Star Trek title to allow fans to experience being a bridge commander, but in VR. Just the thought of it has me stoked, and we should see it in action during the publisher’s media briefing on Monday.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts you in control of the Aegis starship, The interactive four-player experience casts players as the captain or either a tactical, engineering or helm officer. The game was recently enjoyed by Star Trek stars Karl Urban, Jeri Ryan and LeVar Burton, best known as Leonard McCoy in the latest Star Trek movies, 7 of 9 in Star Trek Voyager and Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, respectively.
“This wasn’t anything like you see on the show,” said Jeri Ryan. “When we were shooting it, the bridge set was all plywood and plastic. When you’re looking at the ship’s monitors, they were either green screens or just big openings in the walls. This was incredible. It’s what it would be like if it were real.”
ABC News state that “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. Urban, whose character rarely mashes buttons on the bridge, came away with an appreciation for his cast mates.”
I shall certainly look forward to seeing this in action next week and let’s hope it plays as good as it sounds. This would be an awesome experience for Trekkies!