The Star Trek franchise has produced some of the worst games in video game history – but it looks like Star Trek: Bridge Crew could be the game we’ve been waiting our whole lives for.
I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid my friends and I would arrange chairs in the living room and pretend to be on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. I’d be the helmsman, and my buddy would be the captain, and we’d shout orders and commands at each other as we imagined piloting the Enterprise into battle.
As we grew up, we had hopes that video games would help give us something close to a real Star Trek experience – but for the most part we were disappointed. Star Trek: Starfleet Academy came close, and Star Trek: Legacy offered something a lot of fans enjoyed. But it was never enough – we never got the chance to explore the galaxy with our buddies, the way we saw it onscreen.
In 2013, that dream took a step closer to reality with Artemis; a fan-made bridge simulator that allowed you and a bunch of buddies to helm a Trek-like starship in something akin to a nerdy LAN-fest on steroids. It was a great game and showed the exciting potential of multiplayer in the Star Trek universe.
And now it looks like Virtual Reality developers Red Storm are poised to give us the real thing, in the form of Star Trek: Bridge Crew.
The game takes the same concept of Artemis – multiple players on multiple computers, each taking a ‘station’ on the bridge of a startship. Only Bridge Crew takes it a step further, with the use of virtual reality. By donning an Oculus Rift VR headset, players don’t just cooperate – they inhabit the same virtual world as their buddies; able to turn around and actually look at them, and gesture in real-time.
It’s mind-blowing, and one of the most hotly-anticipated games of all time. At the moment Bridge Crew remains in development, but it looks like in the near future, we might have a game that finally delivers on the frustrated dreams of space exploration that we all had as a kid.