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Check Out 3D Renders For First Ships From Star Trek: Infinite Space Browser Game January 22, 2011

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This summer Gameforge will release their free-to-play online game "Star Trek – Infinite Space", set in the Star Trek Deep Space Nine universe. Today they revealed details on the first two ships for the game, the Federation Galaxy Class and the Klingon Bird of Prey. Check out the 3-D previews below.

 

Star Trek: Infinite Space ships

Today Gameforge released a first look at what two of the most well-known starships will look like in the game. To see the ships you need to download the Unity 3D browswer plugin (which is what is also used to run the game).

Federation Galaxy Class

Klingon Bird of Prey

 

If you missed the last update on Star Trek: Infinite Space, here is a breakdown on the game, and the game trailer released late last year.

Comments

1. Cygnus-X1 - January 22, 2011

Looks interesting….

2. Cygnus-X1 - January 22, 2011

What’s a good, trusted site to play the game?

3. Phobos - January 22, 2011

Can’t wait! That opening BoP torpedo is slow mo was real nice.

4. Fletch Gannon - January 22, 2011

So much for ‘exploring strange new worlds’, more like ‘exploding strange new worlds’.

5. maffc - January 22, 2011

Interesting trailer, but why are all those ships apparently running without shields?

6. Chang - January 22, 2011

It looks interesting, I’m still not a fan of the whole online gaming. I’ve had a go of them but I think you can achieve the same kind of effect and not sacrifice a storyline by using something like the Mass Effect engine.

7. Hat Rick - January 22, 2011

I just hate it when they explode Galaxy-class ships like that. They would never just explode from a single hit like that in real life.

Yes, I just said, “In real life.”

(‘Cause video games aren’t real.)

:-P

8. Lukas Ketner - January 22, 2011

Trek Wars. As in ‘so sick of’.

9. Hat Rick - January 22, 2011

Also, I would like to see something new in terms of massed battles. Trek ships are large, yes, but they’re also maneuverable. We saw the Cardassian ships move in from warp — that’s new. Why not more of that from Federation ships?

Come to think of it, the Feds must have the technology by now to teleport entire fighter squadrons. Why not show that? If they can’t at least show that kind of thing on a rendered advertisement, that’s pretty sad, if you ask me.

Don’t get me wrong — I love these Trek video games. It’s just that if I — lil’ ole me — can think of these things, why not video game developers?

I just saw, in passing, at Best Buy, a really great advertisement for the newest Star Wars video game, involving some Jedi taking on some giant machine and eventually slicing it in two. Shades of Obi-Wan versus General Grievous, yes, albeit on a much larger scale, but it did catch my attention. And I watched it for its full three or four minutes — not bad for an ad.

We need that kind of creativity when it comes to Trek games. Something really eye-catching and amazing.

10. 4 8 15 16 23 42 - January 22, 2011

Wheee! I can spin 3D models, around and around and around…!

Whoa, had an 8-year-old moment there…..

11. Alex - January 22, 2011

@9

Most of what Lucasarts does with its game property (both in terms of story and presentation) is far better than anything George ever put on the silver screen. Check out some of the rendered game trailers on youtube.

As for this, well, it doesn’t look worse that the boxed stuff that came from Activision. ST:Legacy was nothing more that a crappy free2play browser-game, they just boxed it and sold it on amazon. I feel sorry for everyone who actually bought one.

12. AJ - January 22, 2011

“Friends become foes, enemies become allies…”

Can we please have a game actually based in the Trek universe? This is a spaceship wargame with Starfleet vessels where they’ve changed canon to suit the bogus storyline.

And again with the ‘Dominion War’ obsession, Trek’s low-point and the jumping-off point for its demise as a TV show. “Courtmartial” and “Measure of a Man” are why Trek is still around. $5 bottle-shows brilliantly written about universally important issues for humanity, and not exploding metal….

13. Hat Rick - January 22, 2011

Yup. I think LucasArts is pretty good with its video gaming products.

I can’t believe that in a country of more than 300 million we can’t come up with developers as good as those at LucasArts who can do Trek right — VG rendering, storyline, the whole schmear.

It’s not as if Trek doesn’t have the right ingredients. We have everything and everyone from tribbles to Q. Surely someone can come up with an uber-compelling basis for the Next Hot Thing in video gaming, Trek style?

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

14. Alex - January 22, 2011

I’m still bitter about “The Secret of Vulcan Fury”. Could have been great. They have the entire voice recordings of the whole dialogue, with all original cast members, including De Kelley and Jimmy Doohan, and they are rotting away in some archive.

Space strategy just isn’t the thing for Trek (even though I admit with all the mods Armada 1 and 2 were extremely enjoyable). Bridge Commander was on the right track, but they drifted away into a Starfleet Academy ripoff. All of that ‘in control of the bridge’-stuff from BC and SF Academy goes out of the window if its easier to fly that thing fighter-plane-style with your keyboard.

Away Team could have been interesting, again the execution turned a promising role-play into a dull, ugly and uninspired adventure thing. STO is trying to merge them with little success. It’s embarrassing to even say it, but the good old Elite Force shooters had more Star Trek feeling in them than all the attempts at a more intelligent gameplay combined.

What we need is a Knights of the Old Republic, Trek-style. Until then, I’ll continue playing Mass Effect. Closest we’ll ever come to a true Trek game.

15. AJ - January 22, 2011

There was an old TNG game. I think it was called “Final Unity.” Away teams, etc…I really enjoyed it. Kind of like ‘Zork’ with graphics, sound and real voices (yes I’m 46. So sue me.)

Get me a game like that again…

16. Holger - January 22, 2011

Very nice.

17. Jonboc - January 22, 2011

…also, #14, to add insult to injury, the whole story of Secret of Vulcan Fury was written by DC Fontana! Truly the “lost ” episode.

Star Trek Judgement Rights, best Trek video game ever made.

as far as this game goes, not interested in this era any more….where are the tie- ins to the new movie?

18. Fatman Bruno - January 22, 2011

8# you can also zoom in using the mouse wheel

19. Obraxis - January 22, 2011

I’d like to point out that the Klingon BOP is missing it’s cloaking tech.

20. Weerd1 - January 22, 2011

“Can anyone remember when we used to be explorers?”

21. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - January 22, 2011

What happened to These are the Voyages. Now we have. These are the Wars.

22. BRT - January 22, 2011

Still play starfleet command from time to time…

23. Hat Rick - January 22, 2011

Also, I don’t want to seem inordinately negative. This new video game, despite some possible improvements that could be made, looks awesome and I hope gamers love it. (I’m not a gamer, and even I love it, blemishes and all.)

24. Lovethisgame - January 22, 2011

Whine whine whine… Yeesh. Are you all 5?

25. Emir - January 22, 2011

Galaxy Class render sucks. Where is the Ten Forward, it’s even not visible…

26. William Kirk - January 22, 2011

It may be “Trek Wars”, but is at least from the classic universe with traditional design. What more can I want in this reboot time? For me, it looks great.

27. Batman61021 - January 22, 2011

Boy, what a tough audience. If you don’t like it, don’t play it. I appreciate any attempt to make Trek available to me.

28. Majicou - January 22, 2011

#15: FYI: those are “adventure games.” Whenever a new genre of game is created or first popularized, people tend to refer to immediate successors as “x clones,” like calling all first-person shooters for a while “Doom clones.” We’re really pretty far past that point in the adventure genre.

29. MARTIN - January 22, 2011

I hate allmost every star trek game its always space combat games such as star trek armarda,star trek legacy and star trek online.
My favorite star trek games ever are star trek voyager elite force 1 and 2 plus deep space nine the fallen was good as well, why can we not have a game like call of duty star trek style.

30. AJ - January 22, 2011

24:

Lovethisgame:

The first Trek PC game I played was in 1979, based somewhat on “Battleship.”

There are a lot of us who would like to get back to Trek gaming, but Trek is as much about guys walking around on planets and dealing with stuff as it is about ships beating the crap out of each other in space. Even more, in my opinion.

31. CmdrR - January 22, 2011

Aww..Star Wars, Nothing But Star Wars
Give Me those Star Wars
Don’t let them end

Oh Star Wars
If they should bar wars
Please let these Star wars stay

And hey!
How bout that nutty star wars bar
Can you forget all the creatures in there

And Hey!
Darth Vader in that black and evil mask
Did he scare you as much as he scared me
Yeow!

Star Wars those here in Bar wars
My 7th Winter up here!!
Star Wars!

Wasn’t there once something called Star TREK that had to do with exploration and learning and… *sob*

32. Spectre-7 - January 22, 2011

playstation 2 graphics from internet explorer…
I guess that’s something, right?

Well it’s a decent attempt and if it’s a good enough game for you, then so be it!

All I can say is that MY Galaxy class in STO, on max graphic settings, easily looks 15 times better than that :D
http://i52.tinypic.com/2zylp2o.jpg

33. TJ Trek - January 22, 2011

I think that Star Trek gamers have a legitimate gripe here on this one. The gripe really has nothing to do with the game, but instead with the onslaught of games that have all focused on fighting, and blowing things up and the like. I am also tired of it.

I have championed for a long time games that would really be adventure based, and rely on some sci-fi mixed with a who-done-it kinda mystery plot. There have been highly successful mystery games that require you to scoure the scene, look for clues, and decide what to do next. I think a Star Trek game could take this premise, attach a sci-fi idea (lost civilization, or the death of a high ranking starfleet official that the crew of the enterprise gets involved in.) The second Idea would have loads of “gun fights” and everything else. If you found out that the Romulans were involved and you had to infiltrate the homeworld, and you had to do certain moves or had a certain time to finish missions on the homeworld before you get caught. That would be cool.

Also if you alternated a strike team bit with some of the crew that your working with, and a B story on the ship, looking for a trator, or dealing with ship to ship combat. I think this could be done well, and be a lot of fun.

Who’s with me?

34. TJ Trek - January 22, 2011

and to the guy with his galaxy class on Max settings. The online game has ten times the recourses this little game does. I don’t think it’s meant to look super duper fantastic. At least my experience with these modes of gaming, lead me to think that.

35. Luke Sutton ("The Doctor") - January 22, 2011

@32 – Shame that it is the terrible “All Good Things” version.

36. CmdrR - January 22, 2011

TJ Trek — I’m sorry. You think like you lived in the 60′s or something.

;-)

37. Glargon - January 22, 2011

I consider myself big Star Trek fan, but to shell out for a game where all i would get to do is explore, i’d probably fall into a coma playing it…

Space exploration is just not viable as a primary game mechanic with current game engines. Spore tried it and it got old FAST, star trek online has tried it and it it turns out you will face anyone of 16 random encounters which let me tell you, gets old….fast.

That crazy game we are all waiting for where we want to fly forever in one direction and find crazy aliens is just not going to happen in the near future so forgive me for saying i’d rather have my Star Trek pretending to be Star Wars than no Trek at all.

Combat has always been a massive part of Star Trek and coincidentally it also happens to be the most exciting parts of Trek. Seriously, some people need to just accept that the 60′s ain’t coming back round again.

38. Dr. Cheis - January 22, 2011

#5 “but why are all those ships apparently running without shields?”

That’s more or less how it looked on DS9 during the Dominion War. I think they made some passing comment about how Dominion technology was able to penetrate Federation shields, though it made every ship in each fight scene look a lot less powerful. As Harry Pinknett put it, the dreaded Bird of Prey became as expendable as a TIE Fighter.

39. Dr. Cheis - January 22, 2011

I can’t seem to install “Unity 3D browswer”, I just see “No suitable plugins were found”. Tried googling it and I installed something from the first result I saw but the thing in the page still doesn’t load =\ This doesn’t speak well of my ability to play the game, IMO

40. StalwartUK - January 22, 2011

#39:

Try here: http://unity3d.com/webplayer/

Works for me.

41. Majicou - January 22, 2011

#33:
They have done that, although it’s been a long time. ST: 25th Anniversary and ST: Judgment Rites, both published by Interplay (and developed in-house, I think) came out in 1992 and ’93 respectively, and they’re pretty much the first part of what you describe. Probably not all that easy to find today, and you’d likely have to use DOSBox to get ‘em to run, but they stand as my favorite Trek games. I haven’t played TNG: A Final Unity, but it’s along similar lines.

I still lament the fact that Bethesda never put their in-house team on a big, single-player Star Trek RPG, as they had once planned.

42. Tony Todd's Tears - January 22, 2011

Really looking forward to this one!

43. Sean - January 22, 2011

To be honest I’m a little sick of the mass battles too….that said, in looking at the trailer for a purely “space action game” its pretty impressive!

The bottom line people, is that if we want Trek to survive so our kids can enjoy strange NEW worlds then we have to swallow the bitter pill of starships with no shields and exploding all over the place. It’s time to move on guys….now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to sit and watch ST: The Motion Picture with a glass of port :D

44. Vultan - January 22, 2011

To those bemoaning the lack of Trek exploration games—they haven’t been able to even give us an exploration story in recent Trek films (and there’s nothing on television right now!) What makes you think we’re going to get one in a free online game?

45. Alex - January 22, 2011

@33

The game you’re looking for is Star Trek Insurrection. Has nothing to do with the film. It centers on the Romulans, and some ancient civilization. It’s sort of a prequel to Insurrection. Has lots of adventure and scouting the scene and some phaser fights. Actually, now that I mention it, maybe I should play that again sometime…

46. Spectre-7 - January 22, 2011

Until BioWare makes a Star Trek game, we’ll have to make do!

Cryptic is soon going to overhaul the “exploration” in STO, but don’t expect a huge leap there.

Other than that, nobody should realistically expect much from a free-to-play browser game, seriously.

47. VZX - January 22, 2011

Hey, it’s free. Sure, I’ll play it, and so will my son. I just hope that there will be a cool movie tie-in game for the next movie.

48. hell-kat - January 22, 2011

#37 Glargon -

I think you’re overlooking the point and click adventure games. Star Trek made a couple, 25th Anniversary I think and Judgment Rites, which have been mentioned here. My favorite Trek games were Elite Force 1 and 2. But anyone ever placed Space Quest?? Space Quest 5: The Final Mutation ? THAT is what a trek game needs to be.

IMHO.

49. Victor Hugo - January 22, 2011

41. Try to find “A Final Unity”, it´s the best Star Trek ever game.

It´s really that good, a real masterpiece that hasn´t aged a day.
It´s story is worth of entire seasons of TNG, but with an unlimited budget.

50. Victor Hugo - January 22, 2011

About this “Star Trek – Infinite Space”, come on, give these guys a break, it´s FREE-to-play online game set on the timeline that we know.

Even “FINAL FANTASY XIII”, the most beautiful game ever made couldn´t please the old, cranky, impossible to please fans of the SuperNES series.

51. DJT - January 22, 2011

I don’t care what anybody says, I love that Galaxy Class ship.

Can’t wait for ……TNG-Remastered.

One day.

52. Dac - January 22, 2011

Christ…people bitching and moaning about exploration..exploration isnt the be all end all of Trek. Exploration is the leaping off point to get you to action, whether it be action in the form of ship v ship battle, action in the form of unknown natural phenomena or action in the form of characters having an agenda and interacting with one another.

Plus, TOS had more mindless action than any other Trek, and that is the blueprint all the fans hold as the holy grail of Trek. Deep Space Nine was certainly never action for actions sake, even at its most visual, the story was still the driving force. Take either First Contact with the Dominion, Jem Hadar attacking and destroying a part of DS9 and the defiant goes after them. Or when Sisko tried to retake Deep Space Nine, or when they re-enforced a down and out crew at a worthless outpost against the hordes of enemy soldiers.

Each one of those are probably some of the most extravagant examples of action Trek ever produced, but if you dare say to me any one of them was “action for actions sake” you never watched the damn show.

The build up too, and eventual outbreak of the Dominion War was is incredibly fertile land to create an action Trek game, because if you watched the show, it had one entire season of build up before even the Klingons fired a shot, and a whole 3 seasons before the war actually broke out.

Star Trek is about exploration, yes, but your a misguided fool if you think you can poke your head in everyone’s houses without getting a bloody nose or two. Poke it in the wrong persons house, and your gonna get a lasting, bloody feud. Starfleet did that with the Romulan’s 100′s of years before the dominion. Its the way life is.

….and at the end of the day, its a FREE video game thats not even Canon! Enjoy it for what it is!

53. Red Dead Ryan - January 22, 2011

52

Yes, you make some good points. But the monologue sums up what “Star Trek” was meant to be:

“Space….the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five year (or continuing) mission: to explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations; To bodly go where no man ( or one) has gone before.”

I think the majority of people don’t mind combat, explosions and space battles. But we also want to do different things, like make first contact with a new race, or trade with familiar ones. Or go on archaeological missions.

54. Steve-o - January 22, 2011

STO has been entertaining. i think people have been too harsh in their reviews of it.
my only complaint is that after seeing how quickly you advance in WoW, I wish it didnt take forever to do so in Star Trek Online.

Anyone ever ask if Orci plays any STO. i’m sure he is quite busy, but everyone has atleast an hour somewhere in the day to play :p

55. Desstruxion - January 22, 2011

Wow. The two most over done starships….done again.

56. Magic_Al - January 22, 2011

One nitpick with these 3D previews: the changing light source says the ship is rotating relative to the camera, but the starfield motion says the camera is moving relative to the ship. Disorienting.

Regarding the trailer, I guess Galaxy Class doesn’t separate the saucer to keep crew families out of a battle anymore? Explosions in the saucer means dead kids!

57. nx-2000 - January 22, 2011

#22 and #27: Agreed, wholeheartedly.

58. Red Dead Ryan - January 22, 2011

56

They probably stopped putting families aboard ships once the Dominion War began.

59. Pensive's Wetness - January 23, 2011

ill pass on viewing. i dont want to DL some sh*t program that i wont otherwise use…

60. Cliff - January 23, 2011

#41 #49 #53
Totally agree. Those where games which are still “STAR TREK”. Their graphics are not “cool and fancy” in comparisson with today’s engines, but 25th Anniversary, Judgement Rites and A Final Unity where story-driven games where people have to think and not always have to shot.

Don’t get me wrong – I like spacebattles, too and if there is a cool plot arround them – so a reason to fight – they could be a strong element to express the story. but: most of the newer games are just limited to explosions and bang bang bang … when a galaxy-class-starship is taken down like an x-wing-fighter … nobody realizes that nearly a thousend people dying right in that moment. men, women, children.

the sad thing is, that most of the audience is a kind of entertainment-addicted stupid mass… for them the meaning of Star Trek isn’t anymore important but giant explosions and cool special-fx (watch plinkett’s review of st09 and you know what I mean).

It’s very sad that “Secret of Vulcan Fury” never came out :( I was looking foward to that game. In fact I think adventures are the most fitting genres for beeing Star Trek games, because the story comes first here.

There are some fan-adventures arround there…
Star Trek Year One (TOS / http://www.bigbluecup.com/yabb/index.php?topic=38037.0 – the main url seams not to work … not sure if the game is still in development) … and Star Trek Origins (ENT / http://www.startrekorigins.de) which is in development for a long time now but recently presented some first renderings which are very promissing….
Would be very cool to play such a game again with a story wich is worth an episode, but until those are fan-projects there is always the risk, that they will never be finished :(

I will take a look into infinite space, but I’m very affraid of becoming disapointed by brainless cannon fodder stuff :(

61. AJ - January 23, 2011

56:

Magic_Al nails the ‘dead kids’ nuance of most of what occurred pretty much since we watched the Yamato blow up.

I would like to think that they did away with that after that, but Lursa and B’ator got in one last little salvo. The Enterprise E was a pure battleship. “Everyone! Seatbelts! Dad’s just ramming the Jeep into the Scimitar!”

As a parent, I probably would have transferred off after the first Borg encounter.

62. The Doctor - January 23, 2011

Make Love Not War! This isn´t Trek anymore.

63. Sebastian - January 23, 2011

#62.

Totally agreed.
The games are like the 1980s arcade game ‘Asteroids’ on steroids! ; )

You’d think Star Trek was just another mindless shoot-’em-up if you only knew the franchise from these games….

Too bad.

64. Kempec - January 23, 2011

Well, Game play might not be to your liking but I am impressed with the in browser graphics. Look at the online game Rune scape and you will see just what I mean.

65. Paul - January 23, 2011

Gameforge? Isn’t it the same Gameforge that buys unsuccessful MMORPGs while having absolutely no idea what to do with them?

66. Paulaner - January 23, 2011

Exploration and story-based stories are only available in adventure games, and adventure games are not mainstream anymore. I know, it’s a shame, but the gaming industry looks for money.
Exploding ships = money.
Exploring strange new worlds = niche games

67. Dr. Cheis - January 23, 2011

Apparently I just needed to restart my computer for the install to work. Ships look cool. They did a great job with the textures making them look more detailed than the models actually are (You can only tell by zooming in, and that isn’t very distracting even when you do. With as many ships on screen at once as I expect there will be, low-detail models are needed to get the game running smoothly).

2 comments though. 1) Shouldn’t the Bird of Prey be greener than this? 2) I wish the Galaxy-class starship didn’t have a flat top. The bridge is supposed to bulge out a bit, and when viewed from the side it looks really out of place. I know they did it to save polys but this is an important detail on the saucer section. The captains’ yacht on the reverse side of the saucer they can leave flat but I think the bridge really needs to be more 3-dimensional than it is.

68. Khan was Framed! - January 23, 2011

Not bad; the BOP’s disruptors are a little blocky looking, but an acceptable render.

I’m just tired of these ships; these two in particular are way over used in various branches of Trek marketing.

I loved both designs in 1987, but at this point, I’d rather see some of the other amazing designs used.

I’d really like to see something done in the years between the Undiscovered Country & TNG, using excelsior, ambassador & constellation class ships, amongst others.

Or between Enterprise & TOS; a lot of potential there as well-

69. Chelsea - January 23, 2011

I’ve never played a Star Trek game before (only been a fan for about 1 1/2 years) but I’ve squeed over this trailer about 50 times now. I’m SO excited!

70. Gary Neumann, the WRATHFULL SEQUEL OF STAR TREK - January 23, 2011

EPICª!

71. Mega BiteMe - January 24, 2011

I *LOVE* that the Defiant sounds like a car from the Jetsons.

72. Adam Shepherdson - January 24, 2011

Exploring strange new worls is great, however this is a war game, its an action game, so deal with it..

73. FredH - January 26, 2011

I’ll probably play it, but why is it called “Infinite Space”? That’s like making a game about the Battle of El Alamein and calling it “Rolling Dunes of Sand.”

74. Maj - January 26, 2011

@73

Infinite Space is probably a way of implying that the game will have virtually no end to exploration and that there isn’t a particular ‘ending’.

I think, if this game turns out to be one of those free-to-play but you have to ‘pay’ for all the good features, then it won’t live up to it’s promise.

75. Maj - January 26, 2011

Flash Trek: Broken Mirror – play it here: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/238585

Is by far the best free Star Trek “browser game” you’ll find at the moment.

Enjoy.

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