Ubisoft and Red Storm Entertainment yesterday debuted Star Trek: Bridge Crew at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3).
After viewing a trailer (which you can check out below) featuring gameplay footage as Star Trek cast LeVar Burton, Jeri Ryan, and Karl Urban played the game alongside Red Storm Entertainment Creative Director David Votypka, attendees were treated to a demo of the virtual reality game.
Each crew member has their own responsibilities in accomplishing this mission. For instance, the helmsman needs to maneuver into weapons or transporter range to take on the Klingon battlecruisers or beam aboard survivors. The tactical officer fires on the Klingon vessel and establishes a transporter lock on the survivors, and the chief engineer reroutes power to weapons, shields, and the transporter system at the right time to protect the ship, and assign repair teams to damaged parts of the ship. You can’t fire the phasers unless the helmsman gives you a firing solution. The helmsman can’t go to warp unless engineering prepares the warp coils first. The chief engineer can’t transport stranded survivors onto the ship unless the tactical officer lowers the shields. And so on.
Votypka told IGN that this game caters to Star Trek fans and casual gamers alike. “We want it to be a lighthearted social experience. We want players to have fun,” said Votypka. “We don’t want to create a complex tactical simulation.” However, multiplayer situations can become tense and exciting as each crew member has to rely on the other to complete the mission, with the captain giving out orders and making sure that the crew are all working together to accomplish a specific task during the mission. While it is designed as a four-player multiplayer game, any of the crew positions can be taken over by AI.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew will feature a number of story missions, along with a random mission generator. Votypka also said that Red Storm may add additional roles on the Aegis for players to fill. “We have a lot of interest in doing more with the brand,” he said. While the E3 demo focused on space combat, Tate told CNET that “combat is an essential part of Star Trek, but it’s never the point of anything you’re doing. It’s always the thing getting in the way,” says Tate. We can expect missions focusing on exploration, rescue, and more to be revealed later.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew is due out later this year and will be available on Playstation VR, and on the PC through Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.