Every HTC Vive will include a copy of Star Trek: Bridge Crew starting May 30th, according to the HTC Vive official Twitter account.
Further details on the HTC Vive official site revealed that this promotion is for a limited time only, and that the Star Trek: Bridge Crew bundle will cost $799. For gamers, that may be worth the buy since the HTC Vive headset itself costs $799. Also, purchasing a copy of Star Trek: Bridge Crew will cost $49.99, according to Steam.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew was officially released on May 30th and published by Ubisoft. In Star Trek: Bridge Crew, the players will be taking on the role of an officer on the Federation ship, the U.S.S. Aegis, and explore an area the Vulcans hope to call their new home while trying to steer clear of the Klingon Empire. The full description of the game can be found on Steam here.
There is also an option for co-op mode, where other players can join in the game and play as the Captain, Helm, Tactical or Engineer. Another feature of Star Trek: Bridge Crew‘s is the “Ongoing Missions” mode, which will offer more missions the player to try out aside from the main storyline.
This isn’t the first time HTC used promotional methods to pull in new customers. The most recent promotion before this one was that the HTC Vive was given an $100 off discount in April, according to IGN. This promotion was in celebration of the HTC Vive’s first birthday and also included a free Viveport Subscription (Viveport is the HTC Vive app store, the subscription allows players to play different games without needing to purchase every one) and a free download of Arcade Saga, according to the HTC Vive official blog.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew received a Metacritic score of 75 for PlayStation 4 and a score of 80 for PC. These generally positive reviews may make gamers want to buy the full bundle instead of purchasing just the HTC Vive alone.
A PC review from God is a Geek says, “Even if you’re not a Star Trek fan this is still a game worth considering, especially if you’re after a social virtual reality experience.” They gave Star Trek: Bridge Crew a score of an 80.
Another review, this time for the PlayStation 4, comes from GamesRadar+. They called the game “A thrilling, authentic recreation of Star Trek that brings out the team player in everyone.” They also gave Star Trek: Bridge Crew a score of an 80.
The HTC Vive seems to have some tough competition, which may be why they are doing a number of promotions within the past few months. In 2016, SuperData estimated that the Samsung Gear VR would’ve sold 4.51 million units, the PlayStation VR would’ve sold 750,000 units, the HTC Vive would’ve sold 420,000 units, the Google Daydream VR would’ve sold 260,000 units and the Oculus Rift would’ve sold 240,000 units, according to VentureBeat.
It seems that the Samsung Gear VR has completely overtaken the market, which may be why HTC is stepping up their game when it comes to selling the HTC Vive. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney kind of confirmed this report without talking about numbers, saying that the HTC Vive “is outselling Oculus 2-to-1 worldwide,” according to Road to VR.
It is unknown how long the HTC Vive will include a copy of Star Trek: Bridge Crew. It seems that buying the two together will be worth the $799 price, as opposed to buying the two separately. HTC definitely seems to be trying to pull in new customers in hopes to be considered tough competition against Samsung, Google, Sony and Oculus.
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