IMAX and Ubisoft today announced that a special edition of Star Trek: Bridge Crew (2017), Ubisoft’s co-op multiplayer set aboard a Federation vessel, is launching for an exclusive run in IMAX VR centers worldwide.
Created by Ubisoft’s Red Storm Entertainment, the new edition was “re-designed and optimized” for IMAX VR centers, the company’s dedicated out-of-home VR facilities, and contains a mission called Rescue at Perseph.
With up to four people per ‘pod’, the new mission puts players at the game’s familiar consoles set aboard the U.S.S. Aegis, and tasks the crew with rescuing a stranded group of Vulcan scientists escaping from a damaged space station. Klingon interference is mostly assured, because let’s face it, they aren’t known for doing the whole “peace” thing.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew – Rescue at Persephis is now available at the IMAX VR center in Los Angeles, but will be heading to the other two active locations in New York and Shanghai sometime soon. Upcoming centers are also set to open in the UK, Toronto, and other locations worldwide in the coming months.
Showings are blocked out in 20-minute intervals and are by reservation only. A minimum of 2 players is required (max 4), and end up costing $15 per person.
The LA location also hosts other VR experiences including Raw Data (2017), Eagle Flight (2016), John Wick Chronicles (2017), and Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine (2016)—making it a great first chance to get into a few different experiences if you haven’t been able to pop a VR headset before.
We gave Star Trek: Bridge Crew a solid [9/10] in our review for absolutely nailing the fun of social co-op. If the out-of-home setting can provide a quick entry into the game that still offers the challenge of learning your role (and owning it like the Captain you always knew you’d become), this stands to be one of the better experiences for larger groups.