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VR experience arrives at Star Trek: The Exhibition Blackpool

Beam Me Up, Scotty!

Trekkies who thought they’d enjoyed the ultimate Star Trek experience by visiting Blackpool’s Star Trek: The Exhibition, should boldly go again this weekend, July 8th-9th.

The Blackpool Star Trek-themed exhibition is celebrating its first anniversary on the resort’s Golden Mile by adding a virtual reality, immersive experience to what is already its most popular feature – the U.S.S Enterprise’s ‘Bridge’.

Visitors can enjoy the totally unique experience of taking to the controls of the U.S.S Enterprise through the new virtual reality Star Trek game from Ubisoft – Star Trek: Bridge Crew – whilst seated in the visitor attraction’s recreated control room and starship nerve centre.

This constitutes a Trekkie – or a Trekkers – dream. Not only can you now sit at Captain Kirk’s ‘Bridge’ – you can also enter the world of virtual reality and be in charge of a mission that will determine the fate of both your starship and your crew.

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Watch the Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR launch trailer below:


The new CBS-licensed Ubisoft game is a Trekkie’s space passport to Star Trek’s exciting universe. You can shoot for the stars, select warp drive and boldly go where no one has been before. You can also assume the role of a Starfleet officer, complete missions that determine the fate of both the starship and its crew and explore entirely uncharted sectors of space – without ever leaving Blackpool!

The game features hand tracking, full-body avatars and real-time lip-sync, which all take the player on a journey into full adventure immersion, interacting with their crew members, protecting the Federation and exploring a space zone called ‘The Trench’. The aim is to find a new home for the decimated Vulcan population, but Klingons are also active in the area and visitors playing the game will have to decide how to tackle the threat.

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The kick couldn’t be greater, no matter what your level of geekdom. Sitting in the Captain’s chair whilst playing Star Trek: Bridge Crew is up there with the very best that the Star Trek fandom world can offer. As well as enjoying this once-in-a-lifetime experience over Star Trek: The Exhibition’s first birthday weekend, visitors will be able to enjoy the regular thrill of seeing over 100 original props, from costumes to Tricorder and scripts to Communicator, which are on show in the visitor attraction. They can also experience the buzz of being ‘beamed up’ in the Starfleet ‘Transporter’, using a special Star Trek: The Exhibition App.

Marketing manager, Mark Williams said:

[blockquote]We are delighted to celebrate our first birthday with this exciting new virtual reality extravaganza. Star Trek: Bridge Crew is the only game to offer a true-to-life level of immersion in the Star Trek universe and the team at Ubisoft have helped us to combine the game with our existing ‘Bridge’ set, to create a unique experience that’s should generate amazing footfall this weekend. Both fans of Star Trek, and those who know little or nothing about the franchise, have the opportunity to experience something truly incredible, so we hope as many people as possible will turn up and have fun.[/blockquote]

Tickets can be purchased online at the Star Trek Blackpool website at a cost of £12.50 for an adult and £9 for children aged 10-15. Children aged under 10 enter for free. A family of up to four, of which at least one must be a child, can buy a ticket for £38. Whilst booking is advised, tickets can also be bought on the door for £14.50, £11.00 and £43 respectively. The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July at 45-59 Promenade, Blackpool.

EF will be heading along to try it out later today and will have a write-up of the event for you over the weekend.

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