Star Trek: Bridge Crew is one of the best VR experiences out there, allowing four players to work together to relive their dreams of being a Star Fleet officer. With cross-platform multiplayer and a release that hit all the major VR headsets and platforms, it had the best odds of any VR game of crafting a robust multiplayer community. Still, VR is a niche gaming mechanic and not many had the ability to play the game, until now. A New Star Trek: Bridge Crew update is taking the game and making it playable without VR.
“Using a controller or a mouse and keyboard, players with and without VR headsets can be seamlessly matched together to pilot the U.S.S. Aegis (or U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701) as Starfleet officers, or play alone as captain,” reads the announcement. “The update also includes enhanced Windows Mixed Reality support, adding more options for players to explore uncharted space.”
Our review praised Star Trek: Bridge Crew due to the high level of immersion offered by the VR experience. Losing that will pull that back a bit, but if you lack a VR headset, and this is the only way to play the game, it is still totally worth it. One thing that the game does need though is more content. The original release was a bare bones affair in a lot of ways, and adding new missions or classic bridge layouts would take this game to a whole new level. Hopefully the influx of new players can push Ubisoft to support it more.