‘Away Mission’ is a free-roaming ‘Star Trek’ VR experience


Up to six friends can take part in the 30-minute mission, which uses full-bodymotion capturetechnology to really immerse you in theStar Trekuniverse. As a team, you’re tasked with investigating a distress signal from a lost spaceship, and along the way you’ll use a tricorder, fire a phaser rifle, be transported to an alien planet and go to warp on the USS Discovery. “It’s probably a lifelong dream come true forStar Trekfans,” said game designer Michael Hampden, who directed the experience for Sandbox VR.

Sandbox VR — one of a number of startups looking to get VRout of the home— will launchStar Trek: Discovery Away Missionat its Hong Kong and San Francisco Bay area locations in the fall, with Los Angeles, New York, Austin, San Diego and Chicago to follow later in the year. A global rollout is expected by early 2020. It’s not the first company to offer this kind of VR experience, but it is the first to offer a Trek-branded one, and given the success ofBridge Crewthe at-home space exploration VR experienceit’ll have no issues recruiting willing crew members.

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