One of the most anticipated VR games at E3 2016 was only announced (well, sort of) a few days before the show was due to begin. Star Trek: Bridge Crew takes every Trekker’s dream, to pilot a Federation star ship and do so with a crew made up of their friends, bringing the whole experience to life inside VR.
The Road to VR team took the helm of the U.S.S. Aegis and managed not to steer it into the nearest sun. Here’s a look at what they achieved from the point of view of Executive Editor Ben Lang, taking charge of Engineering for this voyage. Watch a part of their exploits with the game in the video embedded at the top of the page.
The game is being played here in full four player co-op mode, where crew positions Engineering (Ben Lang), Helm (Frank He), Tactical (Scott Hayden) and Command (Ubisoft rep) have the task of controlling each of their own unique command consoles, doing things like raising and lowering shields, rerouting power and beaming aboard escape pod passengers, or steering the massive exploration vessel into warp speed.
As you can see from the photo, team Road to VR all donned Oculus Rift CV1 headsets and were afforded hand presence inside the Star Trek universe via Oculus touch integration, allowing them to intuitively operate their respective consoles and enhancing further the sense of make believe.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be available for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PSVR in fall 2016, is published by Ubisoft and developed by Red Storm.