Remember that ‘Star Trek’ game you heard about last summer? Well, we’ve got some good news and bad news. The bad news is that you may have to wait until next year to buy the game. Good news? It’ll be worth the wait!
To give you an idea of what to expect, Paramount released a teaser trailer for the game (and you thought teasers were only reserved for movies) along with some concept art. That alone may be exciting news, but what really got me going was finding out the game play will actually be considered as cannon in the Star Trek universe!
According to Forbes, the game’s story was conceived by the writers/producers of the ‘Star Trek’ reboot and sequel, Bob Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof and was written by ‘God of War’ game scribe Marianne Krawczyk. If you recall, back in July, Orci stated that the game will be a bridge between the 2009 ‘Star Trek’ film and the sequel that is currently in production:
“We would not allow a game to go out if it was not somehow a part of the continuity. What’s great about the game is that it gets to show that middle step. You get to see Kirk and Spock in a way you’re not going to in the movie. They’re becoming friends; they’re going on adventures you’re not going to see in the movies. The game is giving you new insight into who they are.”
Does that mean there may be spoilers in the game itself? Probably not considering the amount of security that J.J. Abrams will take just to prevent any leaks. But Orci did tease back in July:
“We want to make sure that in a way the game is its own movie. I don’t want to give away who the villains are, but the people in the game might be people who end up in the movie. I like to think of the game as a movie we’ve might have done. We treat the game with the same respect. I can say that the villains are very much in canon.”
Another similarity that the game will have with the movie is that it will be available in 3D. Rather than having to rush out a game just for profit, they have allowed Digital Extremes (‘Bioshock 2’) to take their time to develop something innovative and worthy of calling it part of the ‘Star Trek’ canon.
And don’t think that after you beat the game you’re done. Digital Extremes has also enabled each player to have a unique experience in their game play by allowing them to switch characters. For example, once you finish playing as Kirk, you can go through the game again as Spock. The experience will be different as Spock’s actions and choice of weapons would be specific to a Vulcan as opposed to a human.
If you’re a ‘Star Trek’ fan and love playing video games, then this game seems to be made just for you. Check out the trailer and the concept art and let me know if you’re sold.
The currently untitled ‘Star Trek’ video game is slated to ship for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 sometime in the beginning of 2013 – just in time for fans to enjoy before the untitled ‘Star Trek’ rebook sequel is released!