“Star Trek: The Game”
Don’t expect the upcoming “Star Trek” video game from Paramount Pictures, Namco Bandai and Digital Extremes will answer the many, many questions we have about J.J. Abrams‘ upcoming “Star Trek” sequel. The game is a one-off adventure that takes place between the events of “Star Trek” and “Star Trek 2.” But “Star Trek: The Game” will explore one race old school “Trek” fans can’t get enough of: The Gorn.
“When we sat around and looked at all the lore, the Gorn were at the top of the list. They were in one episode 40-something years ago, and it’s shocking that something that’s 45 years ago, people still know what it is,” Paramount game producer Brian Miller told IFC at E3. “For us to be able to show the Gorn and reveal the Gorn but to create an entire class and history for the Gorn is really exciting for us.”
The Gorn were first introduced in the “Arena” episode of “Star Trek.” But the game’s incarnation of the race is a bit more intimidating. At E3, the big draw to the “Star Trek: The Game” booth was a 3D demo of the game that introduced the Gorn. The game takes place after the events of 2009’s “Star Trek” when the planet Vulcan was destroyed. Now the survivors have settled on New Vulcan, but the Starship Enterprise gets a strange distress beacon from the planet.
When Captain Kirk and Spock go down to investigate, they find out that the Gorn, who have infected the Vulcans who were living there, have overrun the planet. These are a more vicious, antagonistic Gorn, and players will learn all about their civilization and struggles. Creative director at Digital Extremes Sheldon Carter explained that this is a direct homage to the “Star Trek” TV series. If you go back to “Arena,” you find out that the conflict between the Gorn and Federation occurred because the Federation had colonized a planet that was in the Gorn solar system.
“We really were inspired by that episode, and we really wanted to bring more to them,” he said.
The other big announcement about the game that occurred around the same time as E3 was the news that Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Simon Pegg and the rest of the “Star Trek” cast had lent their voice talents and likenesses to the title.
“For the longest time in development, it was the voices of the guys working on the game, like we’re trying to do our best Spock impressions. It’s pretty lame,” Carter said. “They were just wrapping the film, so it was really hard to get them, but right after they finished they went right to the game and did their characters and all of the sudden the whole demo just lifted up.”
That means that the same chemistry present between Pine and Quinto in the movies is here in the game as well. “Star Trek: The Game” is a cooperative experience, with Kirk and Spock helping one another through the missions with their own special abilities. Kirk can climb and leap places, while Spock can get use mind meld and the Vulcan neck pinch. Miller and Carter knew from the beginning that the third person action adventure game had to be about those two characters working together because that is at the heart of the new “Star Trek” films.
But it also won’t be as action-heavy as the E3 demo may have made attendees think it was. “We still want to have that [diplomatic] interaction, helping alien races, but at the same time have more big action and excitement,” Carter said. “It’s about a fifty/fifty split between narrative and exploration and action.”
In the end, “Star Trek: The Game” is just another episode in Abrams’ “Star Trek” universe.
“We didn’t want the game to feel like a lunch box, like a sort of marketing tool for the movie. It’s meant to be a standalone in the universe, and really kind of give you more information about the characters,” Carter said, adding that his team worked a lot with J.J. Abrams and Roberto Orci. “We hope this is the ‘Trek’ game,” Miller added.
“Star Trek: The Game” is due out in the first quarter of 2013, around the same time “Star Trek 2” will be hitting theaters. It will be 3D compatible on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
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