Enterprise D Comes to VR
Star Trek: Bridge Crew has been one of the most well-received VR games yet. GamesRadar ranked it 25th on their list of the best games of 2017. While it wasn’t the commercial success that Ubisoft hoped it would be, it still has the company’s support as Ubisoft has announced Star Trek: Bridge Crew – The Next Generation, a new expansion for its co-op multiplayer experience.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew brought VR space exploration to fans, with the choice of the J.J. Abrams-era USS Aegis, or the original 1960s USS Enterprise NCC-1701. A recent update to Bridge Crew added support for non-VR players. The game is also totally cross-platform. Meaning that players on PS4 can play with PC players. Allowing VR and non-VR players on both PS4 and PC to play together is a rare thing. Now that VR is not a deterrent to sales, it looks like Ubisoft is doubling down with the upcoming release of a DLC expansion pack that will let you fly the galaxy in the ship of Picard, Data, Worf and Wesley Crusher, the Galaxy Class starship USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D.
It includes not just the vessel, but the TNG-era uniforms, Romulans, the Borg and their Cube ship, Data-like androids and new shield modulation and phaser mechanics.
Ubisoft says “The Next Generation Expansion enhances the Ongoing Missions mode and offers two additional mission types, Patrol and Resistance. Patrol Mode gives players the opportunity to free roam in space, while experiencing random encounters and objectives, for endless hours of adventure on-board the U.S.S. Aegis, U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 or the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D.
“In Resistance Mode, players will get the chance to face a fan-favourite villain – the unstoppable Borg. Players will evade a pursuing Borg Cube and will be tasked with completing a series of objectives before battling the Borg in a final showdown.”
You also get the LCARS screens and panels, which inspired the look of Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Designer Hunter James said gameplay and strategy has been “rebalanced” to accommodate the ship’s new capabilities, and they added a new role called Operations that replaces Engineering and “focuses on crew management and maximizing ship buffs.”
You can warp around to different solar systems, gathering Borg-fighting prototypes, but the ultimate challenge is to face a Borg Cube that has been “assimilating and slaughtering everything in its path,” said James. He promises large, but not insurmountable challenges. “The Borg Cube is big and scary, being chased by them is fun, and a great crew can beat them if they work together and think outside of the box.”
The DLC arrives on May 22nd to PlayStation VR, and to the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality and regular PCs on July 21st.