The upcoming VR game Star Trek: Bridge Crew allows up to four players to join together (in person or over the Internet) as a crew to play missions on board a starship. When you are short of human players, the game will fill in the extra slots with AI virtual players, who can be commanded using in-game controls. But today Ubisoft announced they are partnering with IBM to bring Watson-powered voice recognition into the game, so you’ll be able to issue orders by speaking aloud to your virtual crew just like you would with regular human players.
In a statement Ubisoft Studio Red Storm’s Sr. Creative Director David Votypka said:
“We have been eager to find the right way to use interactive speech to tap into the more immersive and interactive experiences that VR offers. Watson gives Captains in Star Trek: Bridge Crew the ability to issue commands to non-player crew members in the same way they do with a human crew; by using their voice. IBM provides an easy to integrate solution that is cloud based, so it’s light on code and performance while letting us remain fast on feature turnaround.”
Ubisoft will be making use of IBM’s new “VR Speech Sandbox” software development kit (SDK). Beta support for this new voice recognition function will be rolled out later this summer, following the May 30th launch of Bridge Crew. This speech recognition functionality will be a welcome addition to gamers who prefer to play with smaller groups or even on their own.
Bridge Crew with Intel Core i7 comparison
Ubisoft has also just released this comparison video showing off how the game looks with an Intel Core i7 processor with advanced physics turned on.
Bridge Crew arrives at the end of May
Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be released May 30th on the Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive platforms for $49.99. The game will be playable cross-platform, so if you and your friends all have different VR gear, you can still play together. For more information, surf on over to their official website.
Check back regularly for more news about what appears to be the most promising Star Trek game in many years.
You can pre-order it at at Amazon.