in depth: Star Trek Bridge Crew takes fans to the final frontier: virtual reality


Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Star Trek remains one of the most revered and respected touchstones of the Science Fiction genre. It’s inspired many of us through its exploration of alien worlds, the vistas of vast areas of space and comradery between crewmates.

As it turns out, those attributes are perfect ingredients for a video game. Though some of the titles in the franchise’s history have been hit-or-miss, the folks at Ubisoft felt that the advent of the virtual reality medium was time to bring those elements of Star Trek to life in a brand new experience for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.

Set in the Kelvin timeline, the name fans have dubbed the 2009 reboot era, players join the crew of the USS Aegis to seek out and explore new life in the universe. Assigned to one of the four core members of the bridge, you and along with three others will work together to accomplish missions that range from the routine, to high-stakes rescue missions that will push your leadership and teamwork skills to its limits.

A little background: the game is developed by Ubisoft’s Red Storm Entertainment, the studio behind Ghost Recon, Rainbow Six and The Division. Surprisingly, Tom Clancy was the perfect launch pad for a Star Trek game – tactical and team-based gameplay transfer perfectly to a simulation of what it would be like to command one of Starfleet’s ship.