Star Trek’s virtual reality debut will have to wait a couple of months longer, as developers put the finishing touches on the game and create an additional experience that features a very famous starship from Trek’s history.
Bridge Crew has been having a bit of trouble getting out of drydock, having now been delayed twice. It’s new release date is May 30th.
While the news is disappointing, there is a potential silver lining: game publisher Ubisoft and developer Red Storm Entertainment announced that they’ve been busy crafting a full VR model of the original Enterprise bridge. It will be playable in the game’s Ongoing Missions mode, which creates randomized story missions. The core game, which takes place in the Kelvin Timeline and features a brand-new ship called the USS Aegis, will remain the same.
I played the game last September at Mission: New York and got to speak to Bridge Crew’s Senior Creative Director, David Votypka. At the time, I asked him if there were any plans to add bridges from TOS or TNG, and his cagey answer made me suspect something like this was in the works. You can read my brief interview with Mr. Votypka and get my (virtual) hands-on experience with the game by clicking here.
Votypka felt it was appropriate to include the original NCC-1701 in light of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary:
We felt it was important to include a part of classic Star Trek with this game…the original USS Enterprise is such an iconic part of the franchise–it’s the ship that started it all.
The adventures and relationships that took place on the ship are a special part of Star Trek history, so we were determined to give players the opportunity to create their own adventures and stories on this classic ship. We’re very excited to see player reactions when they step onto the USS Enterprise original bridge for the first time, and experience Star Trek: Bridge Crew in a whole new way.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be available on the Oculus Rift, Playstation VR, and HTC Vive platforms for $59.99.