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VR Game Star Trek: Bridge Crew Lets You Join Starfleet and Hop Aboard a Federation Starship

Sure, we Star Trek fans totally used to pretend to be on our own starships when we were kids (right?), but we never thought we’d have that experience again as adults. Now, Ubisoft is totally filling that Trek-shaped void in our hearts with its upcoming virtual reality game, Star Trek: Bridge Crew. Vetting it for us in the above video are some veterans of the Star Trek universe.

The Associated Press got an advanced preview of the game before Ubisoft presented it today during their E3 presentation. LeVar Burton, Jeri Ryan, and Karl Urban sat down to test the game along with developer Red Storm’s senior creative director, David Votypka, and watching their responses to playing this game gave me goosebumps. According to the AP:

The game is set in [JJ] Abrams’ rendition of the Trek universe, where the Aegis is tasked with exploring an uncharted sector of space called The Trench in hopes of finding a suitable new home world for the population of Vulcan, which was obliterated in the 2009 film. The developers replicated the film’s sleek visual style for their starship, but they crafted their own precise method of how operating a bridge on a Federation vessel would actually work.

What’s interesting about the game is that it’s less about what buttons you’re pushing and more about the type of crew member you want to be. Votypka says, “”It’s up to you if you want to try the Kirk approach or be more methodical. The game is more about how you and your crew approach situations. It’s not binary. Is it more important to save the Vulcan scientists or rescue everyone on the planet? It might be too difficult to do both. It’s just like the show. There’s not any one right answer.”

Getting to be in the same VR space as friends, to me, is the biggest selling point of the game, but from what we see in the video, it also just looks really cool. Personally, I’m a fan of the new Trek film universe, so I’m all about the look of this game, as well as the storyline. A potential drawback I see right off the bat is that it’s unlikely that you’ll have 3-4 friends with VR right away. Hell, it might be a while before you get it yourself. Still, this game may just be the thing to light a fire under you to get yourself hooked up.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew launches this fall for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.

(via Polygon, image via screencap)

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