Screen shot from Star Trek: Bridge Crew. Perspective from the bridge of a 'Star Trek' starship, looking out the main screen over the heads of the other station member.

LeVar Burton Kills It in ‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’ Reveal

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External shot of the U.S.S. Aegis orbiting a planet in 'Star Trek: Bridge Crew'.
The U.S.S. Aegis is “the first ship of her kind.” Image: Ubisoft

This week at E3, Ubisoft revealed gameplay footage for Star Trek: Bridge Crew, a virtual reality game where you can play cooperatively as a crew on the U.S.S. Aegis. Together you’ll explore “The Trench,” a mostly uncharted area of space where you’re looking for a new home for the Vulcan race. Ubisoft’s page tells me that the game is made specifically for VR, and that you can play with four players, filling the roles of Captain, Helm, Tactical, and Engineer. Though it sounds like there may be single player content as well, I find the cooperative aspects the most exciting; Ubisoft is touting social features such as full body avatars and real-time lip synch.

In my youth I played all sorts of Star Trek games, including Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, the various sector/quadrant games, FASA’s Star Trek Starship Tactical Combat Simulator, and the big daddy of all simulators, Star Fleet Battles. I loved them all, but really, this is the game I was dreaming of. The very idea of getting onto the bridge of a Federation starship with some friends is nearly giving me the adrenaline shakes!

Screen shot from Star Trek: Bridge Crew. Perspective from the bridge of a 'Star Trek' starship, looking out the main screen over the heads of the other station member.
Burton: “Ensign, as soon as you can get us the hell out of here, I’d be most grateful.” Image: Ubisoft

The reveal video includes notable Star Trek actors, including LeVar Burton (Next Generation; Geordi La Forge), Jeri Ryan (Voyager; Seven of Nine), and Karl Urban (Star Trek rebooted movies; Bones). Watching the gameplay and the clear fun they were having has got me seriously pumped to see this game in action. Burton really kills it in the video; I love how he gets into the role so easily. He knows it too: “I will say, I nailed being the engineer.” Yeah. Yeah, you did.

Ubisoft is targeting a fall 2016 release and will support the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Playstation VR.

Check out the reveal video and let us know what you think. As for how it affected me? I may need that tranquilizer.

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0 thoughts on “LeVar Burton Kills It in ‘Star Trek: Bridge Crew’ Reveal

  1. With the right group of geeks this looks amazing! I wonder if you need to be in the same room to play together or if you can play together remotely? I don’t know much about VR gaming tech.

    1. So, while it’s never stated in the video, or even on the web site, I think it’s very safe to say that this will support play over the internet. There is simply no market for four VR headsets in one room. That would make sense with the emphasis on real-time lip synch that they’re touting – doing it with VOIP would allow for it…doing it as it’s said in the same room probably would not.

      VR gaming tech: it’s just a pair of monitors close to your face. All other normal gaming rules apply 🙂

  2. I wish this were superior to Artemis… which really works with 4 people in the same room much better.. and does not require a huge investment of capital to make it fun and viable. You can also buy Artemis in a fourpack on Steam….

  3. Sitting in armchairs ? Then its just a small step up from a Video Game or Second Life experience.
    VR advantage only kicks in when moving about makes a interactive difference.

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