New Star Trek strategy RPG announced by Game of Thrones developer

Game of Thrones: Ascent developer Disruptor Beam working on Star Trek Timelines for mobile and web platforms.

There's a new Star Trek game coming and it's being made by the team behind last year's Game of Thrones Ascent. Boston area developer Disruptor Beam today announced Star Trek Timelines, a new strategy RPG made possible thanks to an agreement with Star Trek rights owner (and GameSpot parent company) CBS.

Star Trek Timelines is described as a story-driven social game that will allow players to build their "ultimate starship and crew" while exploring the Star Trek multiverse. Content and characters from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise will be featured.

Some of the characters you'll go on missions with include icons like Captain Kirk, Spock, Captain Picard, and Data. You'll explore "numerous" galaxies and planets, while interacting with a range of technologies, cultures, and races, the developer says. The game will also feature original artwork and 3D graphics throughout.

"We want to create a new generation of strategy game for tablet and mobile devices and one that is as large and deep as the Star Trek universe itself," Disruptor Beam CEO Jon Radoff said. "I grew up watching the franchise and have always felt that the best episodes were those that went beyond the coolness of the technology or vastness of space; the ones which told the story of characters making important decisions that had an impact on others, on civilizations, planets, and technology."

"Star Trek Timelines will encompass all of these concepts, allowing you to explore the vastness of space along with your friends--letting you live out the 'where no man has gone before' mantra we all love--but will also allow you to make decisions that impact your future, your friends and even the fate of the Galaxy."

Disruptor Beam isn't talking about a release date for Star Trek Timelines yet, adding that the game is "early in development."

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JRLennis
JRLennis

Why does this even warrant an article on Gamespot?  It's a big IP relegated to a mobile device.  That means microtransactions and barebones gameplay to make a quick buck.  Moving on.


hellgast0
hellgast0

A Star Trek game made by Telltale, that is something people will buy... Not this crap.

hellgast0
hellgast0

I always wonder how these good-for-nothing mobile game devs always get their hands on licences for big IP's.

Wraith3
Wraith3

Mobile/web game? Disengage!

Jasbro
Jasbro

I really wish Mobile gaming would die off, or just stick to puzzle games, so sick of seeing potentially great games only to be punched in the face with "on mobile devices".


We havent had a decent Star Trek game since ST Legacy which was 8 years ago!!, yea i know alot of fans didnt like that game but i loved it, if i still had my 360 i probably would be still playing it to this day.


And we need an Armada 3 goddammit!!!, probably the best ST series of games ever created.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

I wouldn't take "where no man has gone before" too literally. Captain Picard represented the Federation in what, 27, first contacts? How many of that are actually on screen? Star Trek is not about a group of people living on a ship exploring space, though that is both how the show is billed and the stated mission of the Enterprise. The unknown is actually concepts: philosophical, cultural, technological, metaphysical. The settings, on the other hand, is predominently on the ship or station. Like Q so adroitly chastised Captain Picard:

"That is the exploration that awaits you; not mapping stars and studying nebulae, but charting the unknown possibilities of existence."

But, if someone wants to make an action adventure or a spaceship simulator, I guess there may be a market among the casually curious audience.

endorbr
endorbr

I was interested until I read the buzz words social game, tablet and smart phone.  Interesting concept but the execution is going to be garbage.  This has poorly made licensing cash grab written all over it.

MysteryGoat
MysteryGoat

I'm not thrilled about the platforms but as long as it isn't based on JJ-Trek I'll give it a look.

zoopsat
zoopsat

Well got excited then all the air went out when I read 

mobile and web platforms. Moving on. 

Radnen
Radnen

I believe he contradicted himself saying he likes it when Star Trek forgoes the vastness of space for the character-driven choices that affect the world, but then goes on to say you'll be exploring the vastness of space in his game. Seems a little odd to me. I guess that's just the difference between what he likes and what game he wants to make.


I wouldn't play it.... and their GoT game didn't get really high marks, I do believe.

NTM23
NTM23

I love Star Trek, this I don't care much about.

DarkJedi8_basic
DarkJedi8_basic

Star Trek Timelines is described as a story-driven social game...

I stopped right there and lost interest completely.

rofeta
rofeta

Don't worry PC and console gamers, in a few years the next film will come out and with it will be a poorly done tie-in game.

GrendelSP
GrendelSP

Why can't they just make a Mass Effect -esque RPG in the TNG, DS9, VGR timeline? The universe is so expanded its basically designed for a single player RPG. None of thise mobile social boring nickle and diming crap...

LickTheEnvelope
LickTheEnvelope

Stop with the damn mobile phone games....

I'd rather this was a 2d Wii U indie game than a mobile phone game.

catsimboy
catsimboy

"I grew up watching the franchise" So maybe he'll have a hint of remorse as he desecrates it with a microtransaction-fueled garbage mobile game.

Merseyak
Merseyak

haha this hideously sounding game reminds me of what disney will do to starwars

csward
csward

Eww an S-RPG "social game" (which means it is a Free to Play smartphone game). Not to mention a bad dev. No thanks.

gamingnerd121
gamingnerd121

That GoT game should be enough to scare people away. It wasn't exactly a shining example.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"Disruptor Beam isn't talking about a release date for Star Trek Timelines yet" Apparently they're not talking about platforms either, so I don't know if this is something to look forward to.

Caldrin
Caldrin

mobile and web platforms.. meh.. micro transaction alert...

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

May as well cancel the game, do yourselves a favor and save the cash to make something for PC/consoles because that's where the real money is.....

I guarantee you, if someone made an even fair Star Trek RPG spanning all the shows and history and was fairly enjoyable and had a platform to improve on with a sequel you'd have every Trekkie coming out in droves to play it......kinda like South Park Stick Of Truth.....strictly for the fans......

At this point 1 because it's Star Trek I'll instantly label it as failure because that's the track record of the games, 2 it's a piece of shit mobile game so it guarantee's I'll never touch it 3 the world doesn't need another mobile cash in, didn't the other attempts teach CBS anything? obviously not......

NoHyperbolePlz
NoHyperbolePlz

Awh... thought it might be something like Armada.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

Was the Game of Thrones game any good?

Boddicker
Boddicker

I would be interested if it was anything but Star Trek or Star Wars.

Smosh150
Smosh150

@Jasbro  Legacy was alright, but I always preferred Bridge Commander over it, that and the Kobiyashi Maru mod made it amazing.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

@Radnen I see the contradiction "story-driven social game."  Either this will be an incredible and incredibly complex game or just a pipe dream. Or a single player game with social functions whose point I miss completely.

Unfallen_Satan
Unfallen_Satan

@GrendelSP I don't think Mass Effect fits Star Trek. Other than the original, the other series don't have the kind of action hero captain that Shepard is, or if one comes up in an episode, they are almost invariably negative. I think a first person limited-action adventure that focuses on environment, characters, choices,and problem-solving fits better than RPG, if the game wants to stay true to the spirit of Star Trek.

Smosh150
Smosh150

@GrendelSP  Indeed, something with the starship command like Bridge Commander as well, that game was brilliant.

Smosh150
Smosh150

@NoHyperbolePlz  ikr, I got so hyped at seeing this headline, back to sins of a solar empire star trek mods I guess.

Necrotron
Necrotron

@theoldgods666  Sadly, it will probably make them money, but ultimately be regarded as a crappy mobile game with freemium monetization.

endorbr
endorbr

@drysprocket @endorbrStar Trek is a perfect universe for a story driven RPG along the lines of Mass Effect.  You could have the dialog, crew and character development, ship combat, away missions, ground combat, puzzle solving, diplomacy missions... One big over-arching story with a lot of side missions in the Star Trek universe where you develop your own unique newly created for the game captain character.  They could even let you do full character customization.  Get the actors from the various shows to do voice work for cameos.  Why are they not making a game like this already?

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Smosh150 @NoHyperbolePlzAnd perhaps Star Citizen when it comes out, for that whole space ship exploration gameplay, although it of course has no Star Trek ties.

olddadgamer
olddadgamer

@spartanx169x @BoddickerVery few good games have come of them.  Far more duds.   Great TV/Movie/Book franchise does not always equal great game material.

Smosh150
Smosh150

@gameroutlawzz @Smosh150 @noandno @spartanx169x @olddadgamer @Boddicker  Agreed, all of those which you mentioned are some of the best, I even got Shadow of the Empire of an emulator a few days back to play it again, sadly the rogue squadron games do not work properly, I love playing splitscreen in the rogues squadron games, maybe one day EA will make a Rogue Squadron game again, but I have a gut feeling that it will be console only, but if it is as long as it comes to ps3 I should be alright.


I would love another Jedi Knight as well, but right now I am satisfied with the anticipation of Movie Battles 3, which is the spiritual successor to it.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@olddadgamer

@spartanx169x

 @Boddicker

   I agree that very few good games have come from them. I only like 2 that have come out in the lat 15 years. One was on the N64 Shadows of the Empire )I think ) and One that came out about 3 years ago about the jedi knight - Vaders would be apprentice. Can't even remember the name. I still think there is a lot of potential there in both franchises.

Update- The Force Unleashed (Star wars) was really good I thought.

Also loved the Pod Racing game on N64.