Star Trek: Legacy Updated Q&A - Starship Details and More on Multiplayer and Skirmish

Lead designer Ian Currie tells us a bit more about the story and missions that we'll encounter in this starship combat game.

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After a hiatus of several years, Star Trek gaming returns later this year with Star Trek: Legacy, a starship combat game that bridges across all five Star Trek television series. In fact, publisher Bethesda Softworks recently announced that Legacy will feature the voices of all five Star Trek captains, with William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, and Scott Bakula reprising their famous roles. Your role in the game is to command Federation starships in action. You may start with a single ship, but eventually you'll be able to lead a squadron of starships, with the ability to take direct control of any vessel. Multiplayer will let you play as other factions, namely the Klingons, Romulans, and the Borg. For the newest details, we turned to lead designer Ian Currie of developer Mad Doc Software.

Starship combat comes to life in Star Trek: Legacy.

GameSpot: We know that the game is no longer tied to The Next Generation episode "Contagion" (the episode in which the Enterprise is infected with an alien computer virus). So how will Legacy unite all the eras of Star Trek? Will we follow the adventures of a single starship, sort of like how the television series follows the different starships in different eras?

Ian Currie: You start with one ship, the NX-01, with Captain Archer at the helm. From there you build up your fleet and at various points the timeline advances forward. When you cross over from the Enterprise era to The Original Series era, your main ship will change, and Kirk will be at the helm. A similar thing happens when the timeline changes from The Original Series to The Next Generation. However, beyond the main ship, it's up to you to determine what fleet changes will occur and when.

GS: It was announced that famed Trek writer D.C. Fontana wrote Legacy's story. What was the collaboration process like with her? Was she involved with developing the story early on?

IC: It was a huge thrill for us to have her associated with the project. She came on board fairly early, when the story was still in its infancy. Given her knowledge of all things Trek, I'm sure it won't come as any surprise that she had a great deal of influence over the story direction. It was an iterative process, as the story and gameplay have to blend together in such a way that the strengths of each are retained. This can sometimes be challenging, as not every story element fits into a game, and we didn't want to incorporate cool gameplay mechanics if it didn't fit into the storyline. In the end we got just the right mix.

GS: We understand that the Klingons, Borg, and Romulans will be in the game? Will any of the minor races make an appearance, like the Ferengi? Also, could you tell us about the new alien race that's being created specifically for the game?

Legacy's skirmish mode will let you set up a wide range of encounters.

IC: Yes, the Klingons, Borg, and Romulans all make it into the game. Unfortunately, I can't same the same for the Ferengi and any new alien race you might have heard about.

GS: How many different starships will there be for each faction? Are there full-on fleets for the major races? For instance, will there be Klingon and Romulan counterparts to all the key Federation starships?

IC: There are more Federation ships, but that's mostly because in the single-player campaign you play the Federation. We wanted to include as many Federation ships as we could for this reason, but we still have plenty for the other races--just about 20 for each.

Starship Skirmish

GS: The demo shown at E3 featured a re-creation of the classic battle between the Enterprise and Reliant in Star Trek II. Was that made just for the show, or will the game feature stand-alone battles that re-create famous Trek moments?

The non-Federation fleets will have approximately 20 ship classes each.

IC: The Wrath of Khan battle was a special demo created just for E3. However, there might be some surprises along those lines after the game launches.

GS: There hasn't been much discussion of the skirmish mode in Legacy yet. Will skirmish be available in single-player and multiplayer? Can you set up any kind of battle between ships from differing eras? How large can the fleet engagements get?

IC: Skirmish is one of my favorite features in the game. It's essentially multiplayer with bots, but the combat is intense and you can mix it up with different settings. The settings for multiplayer and skirmish is one of the things that will really add a lot of depth and replay value to the game: You can set things such as era (Archer, Kirk, Picard, and the like), race, artificial intelligence, fleet size, command points (a way of balancing competitive fleets), and, of course, a lot of the settings you'd see in any multiplayer game, like respawns, timer, number of teams, and so on. There are truly a great number of possibilities, such that you can try a different configuration every time you play.

GS: Walk us through a typical campaign mission. Do you simply warp into the battle space and fight until one side is destroyed, or will missions be deeper than that? Will you have multiple objectives, or will you watch as the mission unfolds over a series of stages?

IC: All missions are set up with in-game cinematics, and at least one objective falls out of that. Sometimes you can have multiple objectives from the get-go; other times events will transpire during the mission that change your objectives or add new ones as Starfleet reacts to the situation. There are also secondary (optional) objectives in certain missions.

GS: How's the save system going to work? If you fail in battle will you have to start over, or will you be able to save at any time? Or is there going to be some kind of checkpoint system?

IC: We don't have an automatic checkpoint system, but we do allow saving at any time, so players have a lot of control over mission progression.

GS: Are there any major differences between the Xbox 360 and the PC versions of the game, aside from the control schemes? Are they pretty much identical? And will you tailor the versions for their respective platforms? For instance, will there be any PC- or Xbox 360-specific features?

Legacy is almost done and it will ship later this year.

IC: There is little difference between the two versions of the game. From the get-go, we've been developing with both platforms in mind, so the game provides a very similar experience regardless of what you're sitting in front of when you're playing.

GS: Finally, the 40th anniversary of the franchise is coming up soon. Where is the game in development? Will Legacy make it in time for Star Trek's birthday?

IC: Currently, Legacy is entering the final stages of development. We're spending a lot of time bug fixing, polishing, and weeding out all the awful placeholder voiceover that we forced team members to record.

GS: Thank you.

Discussion

53 comments
NuketheBorg
NuketheBorg

Thats how it was in the Starfleet command series, so its good that they're doing something different. I cant wait for this game!

Iftekhar
Iftekhar

It would be cooler if in multiplayer u started off as a little ship and work ure way up to get better ships and if u could upgrade variouse parts of ure ship like in that game Darkspace and if u could than join a clan within ure faction just an idea if these were in the game i would totally love it!!

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

man i cant wait to play this game. Its going to be awesome

krio_1000
krio_1000

hey, is there any information on updates for the game. will it be possible in the future for either the developer to add new things to the game.. or for civilian people to create mods for the game. personally i would preferre an update system. which ensures that the gameplay never stops.

Wron
Wron

Hopefully this latest game from the franchise does better than the last two releases.

wytefang
wytefang

Hopefully the PC version doesn't get dumbed down due to the simultaneous console development. Before they announced that this was going to be on both systems, it was going to be an instant purchase for me but after hearing about the cross-platform development, I've decided to wait for reviews in order to find out if there's any lameness due to the simultaneous X360 development (as is invariably the case).

frblaze
frblaze

Announce the system requirements so I can upgrade my dated junk already!

jaz_jones
jaz_jones

I am realy excited about getting a copy of this game! It looks great! I am a Trek fan but the last console game dissapointed me a little. This game looks to open the doors of Trek onto console!

Mechwar37
Mechwar37

After the release of morrowind, and how awsome oblivan was i can't wait for the level of detail this game will bring. Also we can't love a company that saved the Fallout Series. If you have not seen the game informer Fallout 3 will be out in 2008 or so and it will be belt on the oblivan engen but nothing concreat all hail our Fav company Beth!!!

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

I've been a Star Wars and Trekkie fan for years. Unfortunately most devs are unable to develope games for Star Trek titles as well as they have done for Star Wars titles. Granted Star Wars is a little easier since it lends itself to a more fast pace type of gameplay. Star Trek is more "cerebral" but Star Trek has just as much technology to offer if a developer can find a way make it interesting and fun when it comes to gameplay. Star Trek by nature is more "tactical", but I have faith in Besthesda to find a way to make it fun for die-hard and casual fans to enjoy. Phantagram's "Kingdom Under Fire" series incorporates controlling your army ( in Star Trek using fleets) and being able to personally enter the battle works well, maybe that type of system may work in this game. P.S. with characters like Warf, Data, Seven of Nine and others with the physical and mental abilities they have, there's no reason why Star Trek can't be just as action oriented and fun as any Star Wars game outside of controlling fleets.

Hawaiianc
Hawaiianc

got damn it jim im a gamer not a doctor!!!! oh wait lol ;)

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I want this game to come out. -Like right now.

Elhoim
Elhoim

For PC and XBOX 360... Expect big interface, PC users!

miiiguel
miiiguel

Don't flame me and all, but I kinda agree with cocjack... Not homophobic, you know, it's just an expression, that I guess all can understand why it is said.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

engage!!! hope it turns out as good as it seems

CapcomGroove2
CapcomGroove2

really cant wait i really really hope this gets an 8 or over i trust gs reviews completely

rodders1991
rodders1991

mint war !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Magpie7787
Magpie7787

Wow well I reckon I will love it

awarriorofgamin
awarriorofgamin

i just recently got into watching star trek and i dont see y ppl think its so geeky it aint that bad its pretty interesting and funny and this is gonna be a great game for 2 reasons 1) its being made by bethsda 2) star trek pwns i cant wait for this game

Jodo_Yodo
Jodo_Yodo

The problem I have with all these Star Trek space simulators is that their pacing is so dull... Bridge Commander wasn't bad, as the immersion factor was fun, but the Starfleet Command series was slow paced... battles between two ships would just involve us circling each other repeatedly, firing our puny weapons. If the ships were evenly matched, the battles could take AGES. I remember using my little Norway-class against a Ferengi Marauder, it literally took me 35 minutes to kill the damn thing. If these games were more fast paced, with scenes similar to those in DS9, I'd buy it.

epsilon72
epsilon72

cocojack said- "omg they deleted my comment when I posted it the first time so i'm gona say it again Star Trek is GGGG@@@@@@@@YYYYYYYYYY" You are gay. Star Trek had a big hand in making sci-fi what it is today. If all you know about star trek is that it's the show where we got "beam me up scotty" from, you should not be commenting on something that's been around a lot longer than you've been alive. I haven't been a huge fan of star trek games (because most of the time it seems like they fall flat on their face) but I'll have to keep an eye on this one. It shows some promise ;)

devxwill
devxwill

this game looks awesome!

cocojack
cocojack

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Dark_Hobbit
Dark_Hobbit

anything can be better than shattered universe. saying that though this game does look light years ahead!

Mrjack777888
Mrjack777888

not a trekkie. but this game definately looks great. i cant wait for it

Nuclear_Kernel
Nuclear_Kernel

1. Star Trek is dead. It' takes a break (damn those stupid episodes of ENT) 2. Romulans rock! 3. Love skirmish with starship (especially Romulans) .

NxxDefiant
NxxDefiant

I am extremely excited for this game. I have been watching Star Trek sense I was a little fetus. My mum would put the TV in her hole and I would watch it. I am also part Andorian. LOL. Sorry if this message was T.M.I. cause I am kidding :lol:

lavalleema
lavalleema

As a Big Star Trek Fan, I'm excited about this game coming out, and I sincerely hope that this game is as good as it looks like it could be. I've played most of the Star Trek Games out there, my favorites being A Final Unity and Harbinger, but I haven't seen a ST game as strong as AFU in a loooonnnnggg time. I really hope that this turns that around. I couldn't stand that poo they tried to pass as a game that was "Shattered Universe", and even though "The Fallen" was a decent effort, it still left a lot to be desired. Bridge Commander was pretty good, and I hope they learn a lot from that game, to make this one better. I heard Starfleet Command was good, but never got he chance to play it. I wouldn't be worried about the lack of minor races... I have no doubts that a huge modding community will spring up for this game if it's as good as it looks... look at the monstrous community for Bridge Commander, after all.

Rangent
Rangent

C: There is little difference between the two versions of the game. From the get-go, we've been developing with both platforms in mind, so the game provides a very similar experience regardless of what you're sitting in front of when you're playing. Be scared PC players. Especially if you have seen what they did to Oblivion compared to Morrowind! Did you like Oblivion or Morrowind better?

Humorguy_basic
Humorguy_basic

C: There is little difference between the two versions of the game. From the get-go, we've been developing with both platforms in mind, so the game provides a very similar experience regardless of what you're sitting in front of when you're playing. Be scared PC players. Especially if you have seen what they did to Oblivion compared to Morrowind!

Boo_looDODO
Boo_looDODO

Im a huge Star Trek fan and over the last couple of years I was upset with the lack of detail, bad storyline and graphics. I dont think this will be perfect either, but it does sound and look good till now so this is definatly a must buy for me :)

JMizzle
JMizzle

Definatly gonna be an expansion pack night shadow 001, there are so many other races and ships that could be in there. Dnt be surprised if they release an historical campaigns expansion too. I just want to play as the Tholians and the Breen!

BounceDK
BounceDK

William Shatner... I hate that guy.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

I can't wait to play as the Borg and assimilate all other lifeforms!

night_shadow001
night_shadow001

I smell an expansion pack coming... and coming QUICK. How can we be expected to believe that they will feature DS9, but not have the Cardassians and Dominion as a major faction in the game. Or feature Voyager and not have atleast ONE of the groups they faced during those 7 years unless that's where the Borg enter the picture. Speculate as you wish.

TraAus
TraAus

The game dose look awesome and thankfully saving is determined by the player not some cheap checkpoint or "once per level" mode :)

evilyoda861
evilyoda861

Well as if I wasn't happy enough for it, I am totaly more excited than I was before Seeing more of the damage effects...man it amazes me it's like from the shows, maybe even slightly better. This game will be played by me for several years. I love skirmishes. I wouls still play Klingon Academy but it was too buggy, and well I still play bridge commander that game is awesome with the mods on it, too bad teh damage effects dont compare too this one, but I'm actualy grateful, just shows how far Star Trek games can get! .....KHAAAAANNNNNNN!!!!!KHAAAAAAANNNNNNNNN!!!!!!! lol my favorite quote. Hey I agree with the last poster if you dont like star trek or dont like star trek games and dont care about this one then please dont comment read then move on or whatever or dont say anything at all in here please dont be a dick.

Tarjanian
Tarjanian

After reading the above, how could anyone but a complete immature $#@hole have a negative comment about the game or the developer?? This game will be one of if not the best Star Trek games ever - awesome if you like Star Trek, and if you don't, why the hell did you click on the topic in the first place? Can't stand dinks that think other people care about their negative pointless opinion. OK, i feel better now........

NextWave
NextWave

So very cool! I am excited once again for this game. With the remastering of TOS and news about ST XI....I think we can once again see that Star Trek will always...."Live long, and prosper!" :)

joecrow_24
joecrow_24

I hate to say it but...Star Trek is dead.

LION90
LION90

this looks awsome i cant wait !!!!!! chross fingers for CHIRSTmas

maddemios
maddemios

I'm just going to assume that while this game may be good when its released that it will be 'incomplete' more or less. Some how I feel that it will have this odd feature we have seen in a another game which allows it to boast add-on content, which will without question will cost money. *coughs* Oblivion *coughs*. This also better support modders.