Activision has announced its upcoming real-time strategy game Star Trek: Armada II. The game, which is the sequel to last year's popular space combat strategy game Star Trek: Armada, is currently in development at Mad Doc Software. Mad Doc is a new studio made up of the previous Armada team and some former employees of Looking Glass Studios, the now-defunct developer that created the Thief series of stealth-action games.
Armada II will feature a number of improvements on the previous game, including new strategic options, 3D maps, and a new tactical view setting. The game will also include 3D ship formations geared toward different firepower configurations, and damage modeling has been improved so weapons can now damage specific locations and systems on the ships. Armada II will include a complete single-player campaign for each of three playable factions--the Federation, the Klingons, and the Borg. The multiplayer mode will support up to eight players over a LAN or Internet connection, and players will be able to assume control of the Romulans, the Cardassians, the Federation, the Borg, the Klingons, or Species 8472.
For information about the original Star Trek: Armada, take a look at our in-depth review of the game. Star Trek: Armada II is scheduled for release at the end of the year.