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Star Trek: Bridge Commander 2 - Kenneth Emerson (Project Lead) Interview

Posted by TrekCoreNews, 03 December 2012 · 18,527 views

Star Trek: Bridge Commander 2 - Kenneth Emerson (Project Lead) Interview Bridge Commander was (and still) one of the top Star Trek games played. Many in the gaming community have hoped for a sequel to this great game. Kenneth Emerson was one of those that wanted to see Bridge Commander 2 become a reality. After years of concept work, the fan-created BC2 game will be released on December 21st. We caught up with Kenneth for a pre-release interview about this much-anticipated game sequel.

TrekCore: When and how did the Bridge Commander 2 project begin?

Kenneth Emerson: The Bridge Commander 2 project began in 2009, I started working on it by programming it from scratch, I used bits of code from a previous game I was working on in 2007.

TrekCore: How has the project evolved over its long history?

Kenneth Emerson: The project has both evolved in complexity and graphically speaking.

TrekCore: What is the storyline?

Kenneth Emerson: At the moment there is not much of a story line, only that the game is placed 10 years after the dominion war, it's pretty much sandbox until I can find someone to come up with a good storyline.

TrekCore: What's the time frame of the game?

Kenneth Emerson: Bridge Commander 2 is set approximately 10 years after the Dominion war, the Jem'Hadar still exist, but they only exist in the Gamma Quadrant, players will probably find a few rogue squadrons in the Alpha or Beta Quadrants, however.

TrekCore: Will the game have a multi-player option?

Kenneth Emerson: Bridge Commander 2 will be able to support up to 3200 players per Quadrant (Server), possibly more if I need to then I can program the servers to piggy-back off of each other to lessen the load.

TrekCore: Is it true that BC2 will boast over 200 Federation, 40 Klingon and 40 Romulan ships?

Kenneth Emerson: Yes the rumors are true, eventually Bridge Commander 2 will boast over 200 Federation Starships, 40 Klingon, 40 Romulan, and many more, including Cardassian, Jem'Hadar, and others.

TrekCore: A lot of positive news has been generated lately about the Unity game engine. How has the game engine benefited BC2?

Kenneth Emerson: The Unity Game Engine was only used for prototyping purposes in early development, it would not do justice to Bridge Commander 2 in the long run, mainly because of the Licensing options, and the cost to purchase a License just to develop Bridge Commander 2.

TrekCore: Can you share some screenshots?

Kenneth Emerson: Yes, Screenshots are usually posted on the official website in the forums or in the Gallery at http://stbc2.com/ or at http://indiedb.com/g...dge-commander-2.

TrekCore: Is there any other informaton you'd like to add?

Kenneth Emerson: An important note for users to remember for release:
When Bridge Commander 2 is released on December 21st, consider it an Alpha version that will be constantly changing, this is a huge project for one person to do alone, thankfully a few kind modelers have donated models to the game, I would like to give them credit below.

Credits for the Models:
Rick Knox
Raul Mamoru
And the TrekMods Team for their contributions

And I wanted to say thank you to all of my fans for following my progress, and contributing in any way you can to the game, I'm doing this so we can all have a fun game to play, if anyone has any suggestions please feel free to stop by the official site, register and please list your suggestion.




I've used a great many of Raul Mamoru's models, the high quality CG models that is.

Personally, I'd love to see a Star Trek game take advantage of DirectX 11... with quality like Dirt 3 and other DX11 games...
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Personally, i'll be holding out for Star Trek: Excalibur, which by all accounts I consider to be the "spiritual successor of Bridge Commander". It's made by former modders of Bridge Commander, for modders and fans of both Star Trek in general, and the former Bridge Commander game. It's always nice to see new Star Trek games (commercial or otherwise), but I haven't got much confidence in this "STBC2" project. The level of quality in that project compared to the likes of Excalibur, is like night and day.

http://www.stexcalibur.com
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BC2 is a cool project and I'm looking forward to seeing what Kenneth can come up with, but I'm surprised you haven't done a feature on ST Excalibur which is higher rated on IndieDB and is already looking really gorgeous.

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Whoops, sorry, someone beat me to it! lol
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I'm all for Excalibur guys, but i wasn't aware this was a competition?
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I'm all for Excalibur guys, but i wasn't aware this was a competition?


Sorry, I wasn't trying to make this into a competition, I'm very much looking forward to playing your game on December 21st!
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Kenneth, the only one suggesting it's a competition, is you. Neither me, or Ed suggested otherwise. I personally think the visuals of Excalibur far exceeds what i've seen of STBC2, which makes my -personal- choice of game, Excalibur. I have no doubt you've put alot of work into your game, but the visual fidelity is sorely lacking for a game of 2012. Especially when you consider, that most of the ship models you are using were designed by Mr Rick Knox (aka P81) back in 2003/2004 for the original Bridge Commander.
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This looks great, i'm looking forward to it a lot more than Excalibur which i've been following closely for a while now and doesnt seem to progress much, at this point, i'm inclined to believe its Vaporware from PAST EXPERIENCE with these things. BC2 looks really great though and i'll look forward to trying it.
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This looks great, i'm looking forward to it a lot more than Excalibur which i've been following closely for a while now and doesnt seem to progress much, at this point, i'm inclined to believe its Vaporware. BC2 looks really great though and i'll look forward to trying it.


As one who has insight "behind the scenes", I can assure you it's not vaporware. Just because you don't see updates as frequently as commercial products, doesn't mean it's inactive. One has to consider that these things are done by people on their spare time, who have their own lives, families, jobs etc.

That being said, ANY Star Trek project is a good thing in my book.
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Very excited to hear about your Alpha release of BC2 Kenneth. We'll all be eagerly downloading it and giving it a test drive!
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Likewise, i'm very exited to see what the multiplayer has to offer!
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As i have mentioned prior, do not expect much eye candy, expect a bare-minimal experience, i have had to rebuild the multiplayer portion of the engine many times within the past few months. i am actually working on a re-write right now.
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