Our man on the video game beat, Evan Narcisse sent along this tip because he seems to think I’m a huge nerd who likes “Star Trek” and video games (he is correct, by the way). Earlier today Paramount Digital announced they’ll be formally unveiling a new “Star Trek” game at next week’s annual E3 video game expo. And not just any “Star Trek” game. This title’s notable for two big reasons: it’s the first co-op action game in the “Star Trek” universe, meaning nerds like me will finally get to play as both Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock, and it’s also set in the continuity established by J.J. Abrams terrific kinda-sorta-reboot. Even better, the game features a story written in collaboration with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, screenwriters of said Abrams’ “Star Trek” movie, along with his “Mission: Impossible III” and many episodes of the great TV series “Alias” (allegedly, they also wrote the first two “Transformers” movies, but I think that’s just an Internet urban legend).
From Paramount’s press release:
“‘Star Trek’ challenges the boundaries of co-op gameplay with a galactic adventure that gamers and fans have never experienced,” said Tom Lesinski, President of Paramount Digital Entertainment. “Working closely with the ‘Star Trek’ filmmaking team throughout development, the game is sure to deliver AAA production values, a wide variety of gameplay and all the action you would expect from the hit franchise. This will be the definitive ‘Star Trek’ gaming experience.”
Let’s hope so; the bar for good “Star Trek” gaming experiences is not set very high. As a young “Star Trek” dork, I lost way too many hours to the old “Star Trek” Nintendo game, which was, shall we say, a less than satisfying experience. A quick scan of the rest ofthe world of “Star Trek” video games doesn’t reveal a whole lot of memorable experiences. There have been a ton of good “Star Wars” games (“X-Wing,” “TIE Fighter,” “Super Star Wars,” “Rogue Squadron,” “Lego Star Wars” and more), but “Trek” gamers haven’t had much to hang their Tribble fur hats on. I guess my favorite “Trek” game is “Star Trek: Voyager – The Arcade Game”, where you sit inside the cabinet with a phaser and shoot the hell out of wave after wave of Borg baddies. Not exactly the most faithful replication of the “Star Trek” viewing experience, but damn satisfying after a long day of work at a dead-end retail job (he says, with a weary sigh, from experience).
This new “Star Trek” game comes from up-and-coming developer Digital Extremes, who made the “Bioshock 2” multiplayer as well as the upcoming “The Darkness II.” No word yet whether Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto will be voicing their respective characters; maybe we’ll find that out at E3. Regardless, you’ll be able to set your phaser to stun on PS3, Xbox 360, and Windows PC some time next summer.