THE BUZZ: A new game tied to the upcoming second J.J. Abrams Star Trek movie will be coming early next year, and today the game’s publisher was officially announced.
EGM’s TAKE: It’s kind of crazy, because I was like, “Wait a minute, we already knew about this game!” What I didn’t know that we didn’t know, however, was who the publisher was going to be.
In today’s announcement, we indeed found out that it will be none other than Namco Bandai.
“Star Trek continues to be one of the most beloved entertainment properties around the world, and Namco Bandai Games America is extremely excited to be teaming up with Paramount Pictures to create the definitive Star Trek interactive experience,” Namco Bandai VP of Marketing Carlson Choi said in the announcement.
I’m kind of in a funny situation with this game. I’ve never been a huge Star Trek person; I watched and enjoyed The Next Generation, and I have an appreciation for the original series, but I’d never really say that I am or have ever been a “fan”. (I was always Star Wars, not Star Trek.) However, I legitimately enjoyed J.J. Abrams’ take on the series—possibly due to the fact that it was a little more action-oriented and less like the previous movies. (Which, of course, was why some longtime Trek fans didn’t like it as much.)
So—I now find myself also being curious to check out this game, if it ends up being a combination of classic Trek elements mixed with the style and flair of the new movie series. Some have pondered that the game might have more of a Mass Effect-type feel—and you know, I’d love that!
Just to be clear, the game won’t directly be based on the second Abrams movie—it’ll be a piece of that universe, but its own original story. Here’s a bit of info in that regard from that same press announcement:
The Star Trek video game is being developed by Ontario-based developer Digital Extremes (Bioshock 2, Unreal Tournament, Dark Sector, The Darkness II) with production being overseen by Paramount Creative Executive Brian Miller. “Working with Paramount Pictures and Digital Extremes reinforces NAMCO BANDAI Games’ commitment of expanding its portfolio to include Triple ‘A’ Western developed games in addition to its popular and well-respected Japanese Franchises,” said Carlson Choi. “Digital Extremes’ attention to detail, and the collaboration with Paramount Pictures and the team at Bad Robot Interactive will create an authenticity that is sure to thrill Star Trek fans and gamers alike.”
The game’s original story is being penned by BAFTA award winner and God of War writer Marianne Krawczyk in collaboration with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, writers and producers for the upcoming Star Trek film. Built from the ground up as the ultimate co-op experience, the Star Trek video game lets players control both Kirk and Spock in a sweeping journey of epic proportions across unexplored planets and enemy battleships with the latest 23rd century weapons and gear. Kirk and Spock’s complementary personalities result in the most fully realized and varied co-op experiences for this console generation.
Also, here’s two new screenshots from the game (click for full-sized versions).