Set phasers to VR, cos Star Trek: Bridge Crew is now available for Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and HTC Vive!
The game throws players into the Star Trek universe, taking on the role of a Starfleet officer either co-operatively online with a crew of chums (with players assigned to Captain, Engineer, Helm and Tactical roles), or alone as the Captain with an AI crew.
As well as a full story campaign, the game also features an Ongoing Voyages mode full of randomised missions allowing for endless hours of solo or co-op adventures aboard the U.S.S Aegis or the legendary U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, authentically recreated from Star Trek: The Original Series.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew was built from the ground up for VR, and uses the medium’s powerful sense of social presence – through hand tracking, full-body avatars, and real-time lip-sync – making for an experience that ranges between the tense and the hilarious. The game’s co-op mode is also fully cross-platform, meaning your crew-mates can be on any of the three supported VR platforms (PSVR, Occulus Rift or HTC Vive)
During an experimental beta period this summer, the game will also include IBM Watson’s interactive speech and cognitive capabilities, allowing players to use natural-language voice commands to interact with their virtual crewmates.
The reviews are starting to roll in, with GamesRadar+ giving the game four out of five, hailing (hailing!) the game as “heaps of fun” and describing it as “one of the most entertaining, faithful, and unique simulations of any entertainment franchise ever.” PlayStation Universe gave it eight out of ten and said, “Perhaps more unexpected than somebody coming out with a decent Star Trek title in 2017 however, is that the same game ended up being one of the most intriguing and entertaining multiplayer experiences to come along this year.”
For more on Ubisoft’s adventures in virtual reality, check out our previous coverage and – of course – stay tuned to UbiBlog.