Last June, Ubisoft announced Star Trek: Bridge Crew, a new virtual reality game that was originally due to launch on November 29. However, in October, it seemed that the game's development wasn't exactly proceeding at warp speed, as its release was pushed back to March 14, 2017.
Now, Ubisoft has revealed that the VR journey to the final frontier has been delayed again, with a new launch date set for May 30.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew is set in the 'alternate' Star Trek universe, first established in the JJ Abrams movie that was released in 2009, and further explored in two additional films since then.
It puts players in command of the USS Aegis (NX-1787), a brand new Federation starship, assigned to explore uncharted space in search of a new homeworld for the Vulcans, following the destruction of their planet in the 2009 movie.
Despite its delay, it may well be worth the wait for Trekkies. Ubisoft has revealed that in addition to the starship Aegis, players will also have the option to serve aboard the original version of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), which featured in the first Star Trek series over 50 years ago. The Enterprise will be available in the game's Ongoing Voyages mode, which features "procedurally generated solo and co-op missions".
“The original USS Enterprise is such an iconic part of the franchise,” says David Votypka, senior creative director at Red Storm Entertainment. “The adventures and relationships that took place on the ship are a special part of Star Trek history, so we were determined to give players the opportunity to create their own adventures and stories on this classic ship.”
The game will be released for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, allowing gamers who own it on one device to play with friends on other platforms.