Star Trek beams to 360, PS3, PC next year

Paramount's sci-fi series boldly returns to retail with a cooperative action game picking up with Kirk and Spock in the wake of 2009's big-screen blockbuster.

The Star Trek film franchise received new life with J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot of the same name, and now Paramount Digital Entertainment is looking to do the same for the seminal sci-fi series' game license. Paramount today announced Star Trek is in development for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC with a summer 2012 retail release window. A sequel to the 2009 film is also expected to hit theaters around the same time.

Will this be the cover-based shooter Gene Roddenberry always dreamed of?

Billed as an action adventure, Star Trek will feature Kirk and Spock in an original story penned by God of War writer Marianne Krawczyk (with help from the writer-producers of the new movies) and set after the events of the 2009 film. In the story, the Enterprise officers will team up to stop the plans of a powerful enemy pursuing galactic domination.

As for gameplay, Star Trek will carry an emphasis on cooperative play, with Paramount promising a story "filled with action-packed combat." Development on the title has been entrusted to Digital Extremes (BioShock 2 multiplayer, The Darkness II), with assistance from J.J. Abrams' development company Bad Robot and the film's producers.

This will be the second Star Trek game based on J.J. Abrams' vision of the series. The first, 2009's downloadable Star Trek: D.A.C., was a top-down, ship-to-ship combat shooter that was not well received by critics.

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forthefunofit
forthefunofit

I enjoyed the last abrams film just fine, as it had all the components of classic trek overall. Great acting, great visuals and amazing effects with a backdrop of a great overall story. I do however fully agree with others here, that anything less than a great story, minus stupid FPS nonsense, yet complete with adventure, puzzles and meeting 'aliens races' just like in classic trek , would be a total waste of time, and a huge insult to the memory and intent of Roddenberry . No space game that I can think of to date, has properly encompassed such values, and thats why most fail. Let everyone play their cute little FPS, but leave such things out of Startrek as relates to it being only that. It's fine to have that as a 'component', as startrek did have battles, of course, but we need to makes sure its only a component and that it does not depend on it . I envision a game with a combination of Myst , with action sequences where needed and the rest more like Morrowind/Oblivion. Its time we 'grow up' america/world, and demand games with depth and exploration, where instead of blowing things/people up, we greet them and explore WITH them, and leave the FPS nonsense as a second thought, where needed. ;)

navair2
navair2

"Trolling"...LOL I don't post enough to be a troll. Yes, I saw the movie. Once was enough...Abrams and his writers took what had been painstakingly developed in the series, novels and other movies and trashed it IMO... I'll put it straight: everything I've seen so far relating to Star Trek, after Gene Roddenberry's passing, leaves me wanting him to come back to life. I'm sorely disappointed at what's been allowed to develop in the Trek "universe" recently. It's as if people are so desperate for something "new", they'll throw out the entire back story and invent some shallow drivel, piggybacking it onto the real thing in an effort to give it legitimacy... I say, take what's already been done and develop FROM THERE, and take the time to do it right...or don't do it at all. Troll, no. Purist, yes...;)

Henninger
Henninger

I absolutely hate the redesign of the Enterprise. But i'll rent this to c if its worth it.

sirknightme
sirknightme

Star Trek TNG is being remastered on Blu Ray . To be released gradually 1 season at a time starting out By Years End hopefully !!!.

skipper847
skipper847

Just seen its coop game no thanks

skipper847
skipper847

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Xbox360Gamer15
Xbox360Gamer15

Looking forward to it kinda....I wonder if they will put patrick steward in it

endorbr
endorbr

Ouch... "entrusted to Digital Extremes (Bioshock 2 multiplayer)." Bioshock 2's multiplayer element was heavily (and I mean heavily) flawed. Doesn't make me optimistic. Plus the fact that the Star Trek franchise hasn't really had a good game since Star Trek: Voyager - Elite Force. Fingers crossed but I just don't have a lot of faith.

arkadiyk
arkadiyk

where is the follow icon ?

anthonycg
anthonycg

@liam82517 Cuz it's REEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL

steven141
steven141

I haven't played a star wars game since bridge commander, hopefully it will be good. I'm looking more forward to Mass Effect 3 though.

PCsama
PCsama

all i can do cross my fingers to gone well..

Bowser05
Bowser05

I hope this will be good...but I don't have high expectations...

pidow
pidow

I hope this one will be better!.

XanderZane
XanderZane

@navair2 Minimum effort for maximum return...that's what I see coming down the road, aimed squarely at the console peeps. Not only this, but a game developed off a Trek "clone" like Abrams movie...*facepalm* It was a "blockbuster"? Where was I at? Seems to me it went from theaters to DVD in about 4 months...LOL. Must have been memorable.....*snore* A game based off it would be more shallow, FPS crap with little plot or storyline whipped up to churn a buck...gimme a break! ******************************************************** Sounds like you never even saw the movie and all you're doing is trolling. lol!! The movie was actually excellent. The games all sucked, yes. J.J. Abrams didn't make the games though. The Star Trek MMO was a mess.

JohnnyDrama8
JohnnyDrama8

Navair it was made for 150 milionl and made 385,680,446. A 235 million profit your right it was not a blockbuster. Wow you are a moron. The reason why it was so succeful was because the movie came from a fresh set of eyes. JJ has said in interviews he is not a Star Trek fan and has not seen the movies or tv shows.

navair2
navair2

Minimum effort for maximum return...that's what I see coming down the road, aimed squarely at the console peeps. Not only this, but a game developed off a Trek "clone" like Abrams movie...*facepalm* It was a "blockbuster"? Where was I at? Seems to me it went from theaters to DVD in about 4 months...LOL. Must have been memorable.....*snore* A game based off it would be more shallow, FPS crap with little plot or storyline whipped up to churn a buck...gimme a break!

navair2
navair2

Minimum effort for maximum return...that's what I see coming down the road, aimed squarely at the console peeps. Not only this, but a game developed off a Trek "clone" like Abrams movie...*facepalm* It was a "blockbuster"? Where was I at? Seems to me it went from theaters to DVD in about 4 months...LOL. Must have been memorable.....*snore* A game based off it would be more shallow, FPS crap with little plot or storyline whipped up to churn a buck...gimme a break!

Raistlin555
Raistlin555

I'm looking forward to the potential of a good game. It can't be any worse then Star Trek: D.A.C.

nparks
nparks

Boo. Abrams' movie wasn't real Star Trek. It was more of a Galaxy Quest ripoff, just dumbed down so it wouldn't lose audiences. It should be officially labeled apocypha and banned from the true Trek canon. If the gameplay is as intricate, complex, and intelligent as that movie's script was, then each level will consist of a giant prompt at the beginning that says "Push A to win". Once the player pushes A, it will be followed by a pointless, mindless, uninteractive, 20 minute action cinematic. It will be very pretty, but ultimately unfulfilling and leave the player hungering for a real game. Also, the villain will be lame.

weezyfb
weezyfb

true .. i want to command a ship and see strange new worlds

starduke
starduke

The Star Trek game I'd want to play would be a make your own Star Fleet Captain, explore the galaxy, fight aliens, do science stuff, and play it single player. Oh wait, they already made that game, it's called Star Fleet Command! Now, if they made a new SFC, that let you beam down to planets, and explore them, and actually create a custom styled captain, combining the tactical space combat of SFC with RPGness like Oblivion, it'd be great!

blasterchief
blasterchief

I've never really seen Star Trek as an 'action-packed combat' kinda series. Hey assh*les, CHARACTER and STORY. Get familiar with them.

nephili232
nephili232

I don't want to knock this game already, but I really wouldn't be proud of the people working on this game. The God of War writer = because god of war had such an amazing, complex and moving story The Bioshock 2 mp team = Bioshock 2 mp was broken and absolutely terrible Hopefully it can be a decent game despite these two set backs.

Jebbers
Jebbers

phase 1 bioware + star trek, phase 2, phase 3 = profit.

KilledbyJOman
KilledbyJOman

Has anyone seen that weapon design, Covenant Plasma rifle much? "No, no, no, no, it's a um, plasmodic harmonizer, gun, yeah!" I think they did a Vulcan mind meld on Bungie's Weapon designer Tom Doyle!

tiggerlu
tiggerlu

Star Trek games too often equal failure - the best Trek game i've ever played was when I was 12 and a modded 4xRTS. STO had some fun PvP battles, but overall a poorly produced game, sadly. Capture our imagination! Make it so!

FacesMan
FacesMan

@GrendelSP I couldn't agree more. They especially need free roam inside the starships. Imagine Mass Effect style ship roam on a much more polished and much grander scale. Ah one can only dream.

the09system
the09system

It about time they have a game set in the new JJverse. That pic leads me to believe that it may be a Mass Effect 2 clone, which to me is huge a plus, but we'll see. Hopefully there will be a gameplay trailer at E3.

Shadowboro
Shadowboro

@ dynomitemasta I respectfully disagree, the "magical reset" button that plagued the TOS, TNG & Voyager which left the protagonists virtually unchanged by the events around them and the people they met - like they've forgotten all about it by the time the next episode rolled in - was anything but "great". DS9's approach was a much needed breath of fresh air. Sadly, Rick Berman & B. Braga learned nothing from it and continued to use the reset button and recycled strorylines, thus running TV Trek into the ground with VOY and ENT. Good thing DS9 and Babylon 5's outstanding serialized nature and use of story-arcs made sure that serialized sci-fi would prevail over episodic sci-fi and thus great shows like Farscape and NuBSG became the norm, while Trek reverted to it's tired, zero depth episodic nature featuring the magic reset button - and it disapeared from the sci-fi scene. Abrams's Trek movie was a joke. I'll settle for pointing out that the plot was thin, the script was poor and it looked more like a glorified CGI action flick aimed at teenagers than a Star Trek movie. (hell, it makes Nemesis's script look like a masterpiece, that's how bad it is). As for the game , if it's intended to be "filled with action-packed combat" then it's not really a Star Trek game at all; combat in ST has never been action packed (you've got SW for that), it had an emphasys on tactics.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

As long as they don't use an annoying arcing universe that took over after the original series ended... the great thing about the original was that each episode had nothing to do with the last. Each one was it's own little movie with it's own little moral... not the continuing cheese that came in the 90's up until a few years ago... that universe sucked. Abrams has the right idea, I hope the new game follows suit.

stailcookie
stailcookie

Star Trek gets the movie game treatment as well. I had my hopes up until they mentioned the game should be released around the same time as the next movie...

WilHiteWarrior
WilHiteWarrior

gow writer... great. So we'll be seeing kirk feeding innocent people to monsters for his own convenience likely

GrendelSP
GrendelSP

If they want to make a good Star Trek for a console, and actually bring in fans instead of turn them farther away, Paramount should have Rockstar make it and put it to the backdrop of the Deep Space Nine timeline. Nobody wants a nonstop fire fight it they are buying a Star Trek game. They want mini games, puzzles, Bioware style story and choice making (Pre wheel). And when there are fights they need to be a good combination of land and space and in awesome backdrops. Star Trek games always ultimately fail because they aren't really targeting the right audience.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Dude, he is totally holding a plasma rifle from Halo in that picture, isn't he? I call plagiarism!!!

Adam48239
Adam48239

I think BioWare should handle the next Star Trek game. It could be like Mass Effect, but with more emphasis on diplomacy and exploring the galaxy. This new game looks like Halo, which would be a disservice to the franchise. The words "co-op shooter" and "Star Trek" should never be in the same sentence.

JDCAce55
JDCAce55

Hope it's better than DAC.

cdog21
cdog21

How about you guys figure out how to bring Star Trek Online to the consoles and we'll call it even.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

at last a new star trek game wonder what it's gonna be like can't wait for more info

MinerAvatar
MinerAvatar

jmc88888 you need a chill pill, this game will be on consoles, what the heck console game has a 22+ co-op? I can't think of a single console game with co-op that doesn't have the option to play with strangers and no where in the article did it say you had to play it in co-op mode only. This game sounds like the Resident Evil 5 co-op model with 2 players (Kirk and Spock), and just a FYI JMC you can play RE5 all by yourself too. That said, I wish more games had the Borderlands co-op model, you can play the entire game alone or with up to 4 people, either random or with friends, and they can drop in and out whenever they want to. If your friend missed out on a mission all you have to do is have them host the match and you can help them complete the mission they missed. That is called having options, it is not control, so what the heck are you talking about?

ElFlechero
ElFlechero

@JasPlun only if you want a star trek rpg with endless conversation trees. If we're talking about game engines, wouldn't you rather it was made by naughty dog or crytek? This really could be good, if they get the gameplay nailed down, with solid navigation, shooting and cover mechanics. The coop better be playabe on one system! Story-wise, anything JJ Abrahms is directly involved with tends to rock.

Rovelius
Rovelius

@JasPlun I would not trust anything in BioWare's hands after what they did with ME2 and DA2.

JasPlun
JasPlun

Hey Paramount why not contact Bioware and let them develop games for the Star Trek series and you might actually have a successful game.Can you imagin how awesome a Star Trek game on the Mass Effect game engine would be?

Folleyrules
Folleyrules

Too bad not all gamers have friends to game with....JMC....

jmc88888
jmc88888

@ziproy I agree Co-op is for little kids. Seriously. It's hard to find people 22+ (that you know) that can get online and play at the same time....and the older you get the harder it is to find them. If you want co-op, do it like multiplayer crap where ANYONE in multiplayer can join you. If it's relegated to friends, it just blows goats. That said, I would also prefer to not have to join anyone in order to play it. What's with today's games holding your hand for the 'experience' so that one and all have the same CRAPPY one. We already get enough 'control' in life, I don't need it being expanded in games. I won't go through the list but think about it, how much of video games are now completely controlled. Sad. Big Game Developer is directing you.

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

@Coolyfett And we are only at the Pre-E3 period, only less than 3 days left!

ziproy
ziproy

I'm starting to get annoyed by this coop based games.