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The Next Generation is Joining Star Trek: Bridge Crew

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Star Trek: Bridge Crew will soon be getting an expansion that allows players to take the helm of the Enterprise-D. Ubisoft announced today that Star Trek: Bridge Crew The Next Generation is coming to VR and non-VR software this summer, and will feature a number of large updates for the game that includes new gameplay modes and roles for players.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew is a game designed to be enjoyed in VR, but can also be played through traditional means on both the PS4 and PC. The game combines typical Star Trek-style adventures in the form of Ongoing Missions with Crew Management, debates on the bridge of a ship that will see multiple players tasked with managing the iconic Star Trek ships that the series has seen piloted by the likes of Captains Kirk and Picard.

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Star Trek: Bridge Crew's expansion will be released on May 22, 2018 for PSVR and PS4 players for $19.99, while it will be made available on July 21 for those on PC with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Windows Mixed Reality, alongside non-VR support. Ubisoft also announced that the new expansion will be playable cross-platform for all devices involved.

Star Trek: Bridge Crew The Next Generation will offer two new mission types, Patrol and Resistance. Patrol will see players free-roaming in space while experiencing random encounters, whereas Resistance will task crewmembers with evading a pursuing Borg Cube before battling the villainous Borg in a climatic showdown. The game will also add a new command role, Operations, to Captain Picard's iconic Galaxy Class U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701D specifically. Operations will have to micromanage the NPC staff of the ship, ensuring that each position is staffed competently to ensure the success of missions.

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Despite the promise of a VR game based around helming some of the most popular Star Trek ships of all time, Star Trek: Bridge Crew has only found a niche audience thus far. Part of that is undoubtedly due to the fact that VR technology remains expensive, pricing out a number of fans who might be interested in the experience.

Additions like Star Trek: Bridge Crew The Next Generation certainly don't hurt in making the game more palatable to a wider array of fans, though, and it's a game that always seems poised to break out if the stars align. With the addition of one of the series' most accessible seasons, later this summer might finally be the time for Star Trek: Bridge Crew to take aspiring ship captains by storm.

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