Bethesda quietly unveils Encounters

<i>Star Trek</i> fans may get a third helping of the series later this year; screenshots and minor details disclosed on official Web site.

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It's Star Trek, all right.

Since acquiring the rights to games based on the Star Trek television franchise, Bethesda Softworks hasn't wasted time. The company is readying a double shot of Star Trek later this year with the release of Star Trek: Legacy on the Xbox 360 and PC and Star Trek: Tactical Assault on the PSP and Nintendo DS.

But Bethesda has recently released news of another game in the science-fiction franchise, called Star Trek: Encounters, for the PlayStation 2, via a new page on the company's Web site. Encounters, "an arcade-style space combat game," is set to coincide with Star Trek franchise's 40th anniversary, taking place in September, said the company, which also posted six screenshots of the game.

Like Legacy, Encounters will cull from the popular sci-fi series' storied history--specifically, Star Trek: Enterprise, The Original Series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager--for its game scenarios. But a developer who goes by the forum handle "ChessMess" confirmed on the game's official message board that Encounters is not a PlayStation 2 port of Star Trek: Legacy.

Other details are few and far between. The game's official FAQ says Encounters features more than 60 ships and 11 races--the Borg, Cardassian, Federation, Ferengi, Kazon, Klingon, Romulan, Orion, Species 8472, Vulcan, and Xindi. Encounters will include split-screen and cooperative, two-player multiplayer support. Two other, presumably single-player, modes--skirmish and episode--supplement the multiplayer.

Bethesda had not responded to a request for comment as of press time.

Discussion

55 comments
yaba
yaba

wow how did this one sneak up on us?

gt0783
gt0783

Tight, if they can create a really fun arcadey space combat game it should rock. Looks pretty good to for a PS2 game, and Legacy just looks straight up amazing

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

Star Wars = about 20 hours of decent somewhat childish sci-fi, a trillion merchandising deals and Jar-Jar. and the friggin Ewoks.. it does have those gay droids though, yay! on the other hand, Star Trek = hundreds of hours of more thoughtful, socially-aware less kiddy sci-fi, dealing not just in black and whites ( Empire v Rebels ) but in the grey areas in between. not so simplistic, not so obvious, but infinitely more re-watchable. Trek ftw. ... Live Long and Prosper =/\=

gamer_10001
gamer_10001

If they put as much effort into it as they did Oblivion (if not more) this game will be amazing.

VSmack
VSmack

This totally has potential and I think Bethesda can pull if off.

Stephen361984
Stephen361984

Wow Bethesda arn't holding back are they, I just hope they can put out some thing as popular as Bridge Commander is.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Star Trek + Bethesda i'm totally geeked out XD

vanhalendlrband
vanhalendlrband

The makers of Oblivion with Star Trek in there hands...(whether you like Star Trek or not, somebody who can think up Oblivion or even Morrowind with an entire universe for boundries of there imagination) I smell something pretty sweet...

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

im not really a fan of startrek but it looks pretty good

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

Star Trek on the go is definitely cool if you're a fan, hopefully it will be fun and innovative instead of just another boring one.

exaggeration17a
exaggeration17a

I like Star Trek and Star Wars with almost equal measure. Now that that's out of the way, let's be fair and objective about this. Most people agree that Star Wars Episodes 1-3 weren't that good, especially compared to the original trilogy. But hasn't Star Trek been faltering recently, too? The last two movies in the series weren't anything remarkable, most people didn't like Voyager and the only way that Enterprise reminds me of the original series is the fact that they both got cancelled. Just something to keep in mind before you criticize Star Wars too harshly....

cesarotromundo
cesarotromundo

um....the screen shots look kinda lame.. if its only like space ship stuff... then there is no way im getting it

Expane
Expane

The TNG game on the NES was fun for its time, almost had some RPG elements. I totally agree, the way to go is action RPG w/ some flight. Something akin to KOTOR only w/ a different combat engine would be fine w/ me. And please set it during the DS9 timeline, nothing better than the dominon wars

giventofly462
giventofly462

I wasn't implying Trek was better than Wars, or vice-versa. Both are just great, but truth be told, Star Wars has a much stronger focus on action and fighting than Star Trek. As far as games go, developers aren't exploring Trek's best qualities. Another space shooter isn't living up to its potential. That said, the MMO that's coming out is a step in the correct direction. As long as it doesn't suck. :-P

bildo2020
bildo2020

Ill be honest with you, I have played plenty of star trek games, but for some reaosn they have never really been all that good. I think Star Trek was meant to be an RPG with some flight sim elements in it. Oh an the only Star Trek worth making into a game is the original and next generation...the other ones are just bad....ug

HarlockJC
HarlockJC moderator

Can't wait I love Star Trek games.....I wish they make one with Q.

doomed51
doomed51

hopefully this will actually do good, abt the only ST games that were good were Elite force and Elite for ce 2, along with Armada somewhat. hopefully this wont be a flop

Joint2
Joint2

Riverwolf007 is right. I am a Star Wars who has finally woke up. The PT is bad except ROTS. Even that some of ROTS is cringe-worthy. Star Trek explores social issues while Lucas tries to recyle every damn page of the Original Trilogy.

Riverwolf007
Riverwolf007

heh people actually got on here to flame star trek when george lucas couldent write his way out of a wet paper sack, lucas recycled every story ever told and in comparison you have roddenbery putting on television the first ever interacial kiss and exploring social issues that no one else was brave enough to touch in the 60's. dont get me wrong i like star wars as much as every other socially backwards pimply faced geek out there but come on wake the hell up.

JMizzle
JMizzle

Look, Star Trek and Star Wars are both good, stop being such fan boys.

Spartan4001
Spartan4001

giventofly462: What are you implying? Although I like both Star Wars and Star Trek, I would say the former is more focused on the characters and their stories.

daqua_99
daqua_99

Never really liked Star Trek ... but it seems to be a good game ...

giventofly462
giventofly462

"An arcade-style space combat game"? Yet again? Not a very original idea Bethesda! Star Trek is not Star Wars, it's almost an entirely different genre, so please make a game worthy of it's spirit. Trek has never just been about space battles and all the weird sci-fi gadgets and aliens, it's about people and their adventures. Make an RPG! Or at least another first person shooter ala Elite Force. I've said this before, and I'll continue to say it until they come to their senses. :-D

SteelSamurai101
SteelSamurai101

@ Generic_Dude: i have a retard proof suit too. comes in pretty handy on 'teh intarwarb'.

bulldog7
bulldog7

bring it to 360 as well!!! can't get enough ST action!!!!

rainmanstile
rainmanstile

betsheda has guts trying something that could be this risky i will give them that... but i think that maybe one of them will be a decent game all of the others will be horrible flops that are doomed to a life of freebie giveaways and shelf dust preventers.... makes me kinda feel sorry for em.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

Aww man yet another PS2 game I might end up buying...

abdu4
abdu4

Lol at star trek

DaFrop
DaFrop

Star Trek is awesome! I hope all these games come out flying.

vaejas
vaejas

Franchise... the final frontier.

rynmls
rynmls

will this be a good game for ps2...

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

Hopefully Bethesda puts out a good Trek game unlike others who have trid and mostly failed.

Digital-Devil
Digital-Devil

Eh, Love Bethesda...but for Elder Scrolls & Fallout not anythnig else really

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

SteelSamurai101 -> Don't you mean "flame RETARDand"? BWA! By the way, Star Trek sucks big time. What did Worf find in the toilet? Another piece of crappy Star Trek schwag, that's what.

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

I can't wait to see the difference from the PS2 game to the 360 and PC game. Bethesda is a great company that has put out great games in the past and it will be nice to see what they have in store for Star Trek. I hope they can get may of the actors to lend there voice for the games. Patrick Stewart has been in may past video game's so would love to see him replay his old role as captain. So it will be great to see how this game and the other ones come along. The good thing is that almost every system game is different this way they can make more capital.So if you want to play it on the 360 and you think the PS2 one is good also you will buy that one. Smart more to see what one people like more and if one game sells better they could even port it to another. Not going to happen but it could.

paullywog
paullywog

"Since acquiring the rights to games based on the Star Trek television franchise, Bethesda Softworks hasn't wasted time. The company is readying a double shot of Star Trek later this year with the release of Star Trek: Legacy on the Xbox 360 and PC and Star Trek: Tactical Assault on the PSP and Nintendo DS. " Usually when a group of games this big on this many consoles comes out, it's not very good. Hopefully this star trek burst will change that.

Cartman86
Cartman86

Remember that Bethesda publishes a lot of games. These being in that category. The Pirates of the Caribbean games were the same thing. Don't expect Oblivion quality.

doolies
doolies

Hope its not as buggy as Oblivion.

SteelSamurai101
SteelSamurai101

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jrett
jrett

I'm unfamiliar with anything other than the elder scroll series that bethesda has done, so given thier track record with that, I'm getting a little excited about the prospect of a decent trek game.

bearfield1
bearfield1

It could be intresting I'll give time.