Captain's Log, Stardate 94914.52. Our hunt for Ubisoft's epic masterpiece continues.
Updated on 4/24/17 with lots of new info!
Ten long months ago, the folks at Ubisoft took to the stage with legends from all over the Star Trek universe to show us what it would be like to be on the bridge of our very own starship with friends. It's every Trek fan's dream, and not only is there going to be a game all about that experience, but you'll be able to play online with your friends at different stations on the Bridge. Not only did Star Trek: Bridge Crew sound like a dream, but it's one of several Ubi games that are truly cross platform in the VR world.
And you can't play it yet. In fact, none of us can. The game has been delayed on multiple occasions now, but it looks like on May 30th we will all finally be able to walk onto the USS Aegis for the first time. Here's what we know so far!
You crew the USS Aegis, having just witnessed some of the best and worst the galaxy has to offer thanks to a one James Tiberius Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise. After surviving your very own trip through the Kobayashi Maru, your crew is granted leave of Earth to patrol the stars.
Your mission statement isn't quite as far reaching as the Flagship, but it's no less important. Your crew needs to venture forth and explore new worlds, a mission that will no doubt include meeting new people and lending a hand whenever you can.
You crew the original USS Enterprise, painstakingly recreated from the actual set of the original Star Trek series. Complete missions as the original crew, and avoid anything that looks like it might be full of Tribbles.
The most important thing is that you all work together, because no mission can be completed without someone at each of the four most important positions on the bridge of either ship.
The roles you can play
When you fire up Star Trek: Bridge Crew, you'll be able to choose between one of four positions on the Bridge. Each of these positions is incredibly important to keeping the ship functioning and your crew alive, but it probably won't take long for you to choose a favorite!
As the name suggests, you're responsible for moving the ship. This position handles thrusters, impulse engines, and of course the warp drive. You get to follow the Captain's orders and plot the best course to a mission objective, but you are also responsible for positioning the ship in the best possible way for offensive and defensive maneuvers during combat.
This is probably the most communicative position, because you're going to need to be talking with your Captain and your Tactical Officer to make sure the ship is in the best place to be successful.
You are responsible for keeping this ship intact, which means constantly monitoring all of the ship's systems and dispatching crew to address any concerns you may find. This position is the first to know when things are going wrong, and the most likely to have a solution before the rest of the team knows what is happening.
This is likely the most complicated position, because it requires a lot of work on things you can only see through warnings and meters on your console display. You have to act before anyone else knows there are serious problems, which is good because those people are probably busy with their own problems!
Firing phasers, arming torpedoes, raising the shields, you all know the drill right? In practice, Tactical is a little more complicated. This position is responsible for detecting incoming threats through scans, communicating that information effectively, and making sure everyone has the most up to date information to better do their jobs in a fight. You may also find yourself occasionally operating the transporter, if everyone else is busy.
This position is going to be the busiest in a fight for sure, but will also be useful when determining the best course of action in the challenges your team encounters.
Captain's job is largely to coordinate between everyone else, and keep an eye on the mission objectives in the actual game part of this experience. This position gets information from Starfleet, and relays individual instructions to the rest of the Bridge based on that data. Sorry, no Alien princesses.
If you're in this position, the biggest responsibility is keeping everyone else on the same page. That can be really difficult to do, especially if you are all strangers playing online instead of friends in a room together, so be careful!
Wait, what if I don't have three other people to play with?
It's fine, there's actually a lot of flexibility here! You can play Star Trek: Bridge Crew with:
- You and three other humans
- You, a friend, and two AI
- Just you, with three AI
The way this works is fairly simple. When there are AI players involved, you have access to extra commands for guiding those AI. As Captain, when you turn and look at the positions that don't have human players, you'd see a new list pop up for the things those positions would normally see on their consoles.
If you need to be a little more proactive, you can jump from one position on the Bridge to another and fully take over the tasks assigned to that position. This works well when you're in a fight and need quick Helm or Tactical decisions to be made, but in most cases the AI should be able to follow your instructions and function like a human crew member.
Basically, as Captain the game becomes more technical and less verbal. There's no benefit in saying "Raise the shields" if there are no ears at Tactical to hear that command. Instead, you just tap on the panel to instruct the AI. It changes the way playing the game feels, but doesn't add too much in the way of complication.
What do I need to play Star Trek: Bridge Crew?
Much like its other VR titles, Ubisoft has built Star Trek: Bridge crew to be completely platform agnostic. You can play with either an Oculus Rift, an HTC Vive, or a PlayStation VR and each version of this game will connect to the other platforms. When you choose to play a game online, you'll be playing with people using all of these VR headsets together. If you have enough space to play a game locally in someone's house, the same rules apply.
All you need is a copy of the game, your VR headset of choice, and a a solid internet connection.
I need this game in my life right now
Currently, Star Trek: Bridge Crew has been delayed to May 30, 2017. That's 13 days away from being exactly a year since the game was first teased at E3, and with any luck won't be delayed again.
If you want to get your hands on the game as soon as possible, your best bet is to pre-order so it's available on launch day.