Ubisoft announces that the upcoming virtual reality game Star Trek: Bridge Crew has been delayed on PC and PS4 across HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR.
Out of all the virtual reality games on the horizon, one of the most exciting has got to be Star Trek: Bridge Crew from Ubisoft. The game is one of the few multiplayer VR experiences, with players taking on different roles aboard the Aegis starship, allowing fans to recreate their favorite moments from the TV show. Unfortunately, VR and Star Trek enthusiasts will have to wait a bit longer for Star Trek: Bridge Crew, as it has been delayed to next year.
Originally slated for release this holiday season, Star Trek: Bridge Crew has been pushed to March 14, 2017 by Ubisoft. No specific reason was given for the delay, except for Ubisoft's desire to "deliver the best game experience possible at launch." This explanation makes it sound like Star Trek: Bridge Crew may be running into some development difficulties that will need ironed out before it is ready for the masses, but that's just speculation at this time.
It's also possible that Ubisoft is looking to add more content to Star Trek: Bridge Crew to expand the experience beyond just allowing players to role-play on the Aegis starship. While it would require a great deal more resources, maybe the new plan is to allow players to not only travel through space on a United Federation ship, but also visit alien planets like in the show.
Even if Star Trek: Bridge Crew's delay doesn't add any additional content to the game, it still looks like it will be a solid experience for fans of the franchise. The Bridge Crew E3 2016 trailer was impressive, and it could be a way to sell skeptics on the potential of virtual reality. However, if one of those skeptics were to try Star Trek: Bridge Crew only to run into some serious technical difficulties, like a constant-need to calibrate the VR hardware, it could break their immersion and confirm their worries about virtual reality technology.
Considering this, a delay may be the best thing for the game. Ubisoft has a chance to capitalize on the Star Trek license, and with 2 million PlayStation VR units expected to be sold by the time the year comes to a close, there's a sizable market for it to target. If a delay for Star Trek: Bridge Crew means a more polished experience, then it could be one of the more popular titles released in the early days of the virtual reality phenomenon.
Whatever the real reason for Star Trek: Bridge Crew's delay is, it should result in a generally better game. Fans will have to wait a few more months to see if Star Trek: Bridge Crew lives up to the hype, but hopefully it doesn't disappoint.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew will be available on March 14th, 2017 for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR.