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New ‘Star Trek’ Console Game Teaser Trailer & Concept Art April 16, 2012

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Games,Star Trek (JJverse game) , trackback

In 2013 Trek will return to the world of console gaming with the new "Star Trek" co-op game for XBox 360 and Playstation 3. And today Paramount and Namco/Bandai have released a new teaser trailer and some concept art. Check it out below.


New Teaser for Star Trek co-op console game – not another run and gun Trek

Here is the latest tease for the exciting game coming next year.

The new Star Trek co-op game is set between the 2009 Star Trek movie and the 2013 sequel. The XBox 360 and Playstation 3 co-op game allows you to play as Kirk or Spock and you can play along with a friend (in person or over the network). It will be released in early 2013 by Namco/Bandai.

And for those who are concerned about this being another Star Trek game that is all about shooting, it isn’t according to Sheldon Carter from Digital Extemes (the game’s developer), who tells IGN:

"The question that comes up a lot," Carter told IGN, "is, ‘What’s exploration like in Star Trek? What does it mean to seek out new alien worlds and technologies, and to relate to them in a way that’s not just cover shooting? That’s something that’s been on our minds right from the beginning," Carter said. "This is not just a game where you’re going to run and gun and kill everyone."

The game won a number of accolades at E3, and impressed (see TrekMovie first impressions).  More details on the game, including the game’s villain (not the same villain as the Star Trek sequel) will be announced at the E3 gaming show this June.

Paramount also provided IGN with some concept art for the game

And if you haven’t seen it, here is the first intro trailer released for E3 last summer.



1. Simon - April 16, 2012

Very cool.

I hope it’s great. Been waiting a long time for a STAR TREK game to recommend to everyone. Last one for me was STAR TREK VOYAGER: ELITE FORCE.

2. Cap'n Chris - April 16, 2012

Mass Effect 4 is out this soon? ;)

Seriously, this is looking sexay!

3. Amish Electrician - April 16, 2012

Star Trek Armada…was like the best Trek game i’ve played…Elite was pretty good tho.

4. El Chup - April 16, 2012

You know, I was watching Trek Nation earlier on today,, Rod Roddenberry’s film. There is lots of archive footage of Gene Roddenberry in which he talks of the human condition. I look at stuff like this and wonder – where is my Star Trek? The Star Trek that I started following nearly 40 years ago?

What did it all become about blowing crap up…and blowing crap up being the definiton of coolness?


5. njdss4 - April 16, 2012

@ #2: Definitely looks like Mass Effect. I’m not complaining either, unless they want to end the game with your choice of three different colored explosions.

6. Mantastic - April 16, 2012

@2 Haha, I was thinking the same thing!

That would be a great crossover.

7. Matt - April 16, 2012

Will this game have the voices of Pine, Quinto and Urban etc? That would just make it amazing!

8. Aurore - April 16, 2012

“Coming early 2013″.

Not soon enough. And, I am not even a gamer.

But, when the game is available I’ll pay close attention to the comments(reviews) by people who do play. Some seemed to lament the disappointing quality of past games.

9. TrekMadeMeWonder - April 16, 2012

4. El Chup

Agreed. I wonder about that as well.

10. Anthony Pascale - April 16, 2012

Quinto and Pine are doing voices, not sure who else. That was in the reporting from last summer

11. Vultan - April 16, 2012

“not another run and gun Trek”

I see running. I see gunning.

What exactly is supposed to separate this game from all the other pew-pew shoot ’em ups out there? Jumping…?

12. MJ - April 16, 2012

Underwhelming! Mass Effect — been there, done that. I don’t see anything Trek-related in the trailer other than the Enterprise in the new trailer? And more skydiving by Kirk — come on?

@4 “You know, I was watching Trek Nation earlier on today,, Rod Roddenberry’s film. There is lots of archive footage of Gene Roddenberry in which he talks of the human condition. I look at stuff like this and wonder – where is my Star Trek? The Star Trek that I started following nearly 40 years ago?”

Yep! I predict that his game will be purchased by same Trek fans who will be buying the Dr. Who and the Superhero crossover Star Trek comics…that is the sort of audience this is aimed for.

13. MJ - April 16, 2012

@11 ” “not another run and gun Trek” I see running. I see gunning. What exactly is supposed to separate this game from all the other pew-pew shoot ‘em ups out there? Jumping…?”


14. John Pearse - April 16, 2012

True, it does look a bit like Mass Effect, which is really quite a positive. Often while playing those games I’ve thought how great it would be to see the Trek universe realised in that much detail and care, so I’m looking forward to this.

15. PEB - April 16, 2012

@4 and 12

I’m sorry but I dont think Gene was thinking about computer games and video games and even the old classic role playing board games when he talked about the human condition. To put that expectation on a game is just ridiculous. I can point to SOOOO much Star Trek media and and merchandise that had nothing to do with the human condition. I want that side of Trek in my television series and films but I dont expect it out of games and it doesnt mean I’m lowering the bar for the games. And it’s pretty laughable to say this is geared to the same audience who will buy the Dr Who/Trek books and the Legion/Trek books (which I and many other gamers had no interest in. The Star Trek Ongoing series is…well that’s another story…)

Literally the ONLY video game that actually made me care for the progression of the characters/story/etc has been the Mass Effect series (yes, even with the ending that was more than underwhelming). That game, so far, has done something that no other game in that medium has done and I’m not the only gamer who understands that. There’s NEVER been a Trek game that even seriously made me care about the characters and story eventhough I did have a lot of fun with a few of them.

Trek has time to grow and evolve in the gaming world and I hope this is the game that starts that, but really, lets take a step back before we shrug it off because of an excitingly fast paced teaser. I’ll start to form early oppinions once we get to E3 this summer. I hope I dont seem harsh but as a hardcore gamer I’ve hated the way Trek has taken a back seat in the gaming world for so many years, so I get a little passionate about it.

16. NuFan - April 16, 2012

You have to question the true motives of someone who says a game should not have action in it.

Release this NOW! 2013 is too far away.

17. Dee - lvs moon' surface - April 16, 2012

AWWW… Why am I drooling and melting?… KIRK!!!… ;-) :-)

18. MJ - April 16, 2012

@15. Interesting post. OK, I kind of get where you are coming from!

19. Oshawhatever - April 16, 2012

#4 – I completely agree. This is NOT Star Trek and I don’t give a flying f#$% HOW you want to argue that it’s not a sad, moronic, greed-fest cash-in. *sigh*

20. Basement Blogger - April 16, 2012

There’s been comparisons to Mass Effect for this game. Mass Effect is almost all combat but it also consists of dialogue and player’s choices. Star Trek is different becuase unlike Mass Effect, the galaxy is not at war. Well, the Star Trek universe is not at all out war.

Perhaps the best game to capture Star Trek was Judgment Rites. It was an adventure RPG game. Looking at the platform for this game, Playstation 3 and XBOX one wonders who is the audience for the game. On the other hand, Rockstar put out L.A. Noire, a mystery game with action elements for those platforms.

My hope is that the game is a mix of action and exploration. It would be cool to talk to aliens. Wander around on a planet and look around. Take the Enterprise around the galaxy and see “what’s out there.” Of course, it’s also fun to blow things up. :-)

21. Red Dead Ryan - April 16, 2012

Yeah, I agree that a Trek video game needs action. I just don’t want to play a Trek game that plays like “Halo” only with Kirk instead of Master Chief. Rockstar Games should have made a Trek game. They know how to make sandbox games where there is lots of shooting and action, yet good characters, various activities, and the ability to explore an environment. Those are ingredients that have made “Red Dead Redemption” and “Grand Theft Auto” such classics.

As for this game, it looks good. But I have to wonder though if it might end up getting cancelled just before release. Or delayed ad nauseum. Bandai/Namco isn’t the biggest publisher out there, and they seem to have put a lot of money into this project, but I don’t know if there are enough Trekkie gamers to support it. Not sure if this is going to appeal to mainstream gamers, as they already have plenty of other options. So basically, this game’s fate is going to rest on the shoulders of a small group of Trek gamers and fans.

22. Vultan - April 16, 2012


Right on about Judgment Rites. It had action, mystery and puzzle-solving. Excellent game.

23. Trekkermaster - April 16, 2012

No PC version? lame….

24. VZX - April 16, 2012

I just hope it doesn’t suck. If I hear that it is anything less than super-awesome then I will not buy it.

25. raddestnerd - April 16, 2012

Is that what I think it is? Is that the freaking matter/anti-matter reaction chamber of the warp freaking core!???! SO AMAZING. The supreme court has redeemed themselves from the Budgineering fiasco of 2009!

26. CarlG - April 16, 2012

I love concept art! More, more I say!

Pic #2 looks like fun times with rotating artificial gravity. I approve :)

27. somethoughts - April 16, 2012

wow awesome

28. Bryan - April 16, 2012

This doesn’t look very inspired or impressive… it looks kind of generic to me. Still I’ll be willing to give it a try.

29. Wes - April 16, 2012

Can anyone say ‘Secret of Vulcan Fury’ Anytime a game keeps getting pushed back is a bad thing!

30. Jason - April 16, 2012

@4, 9 and 19 –

Fully agree. I think the ads fr the first JJ Trek film pushed home and admired that this is “not your father’s Trek.” All of this, the 2009 film, the sequel coming next year, the video game, the comic books and whatever else isn’t “Star Trek,” it’s some kind of watered down version. It doesn’t care about “the human condition” or exploring that. It’s more interested in in dumbing things down so that folks who never really got the original franchise will want to watch.

The thing I think really gets me is how many of the people behind the scene of the original franchise, like Mr. Nimoy, seem completely ok with this. Makes you wonder if they are just cashing in a check? I know I’ve lost a lot of respect for various people over this change.

Despite all of this, i realize it will be an impossible feat to bring back the real thing. Too many non-fans love this grange using the “Star Trek” name and Paramount, who is the true evil in all of this, is making way too much money off of it to want it to end. Man, do I miss Rick Berman…

31. DeShonn Steinblatt - April 16, 2012


Yet here you are.


32. MJ - April 16, 2012

@30. Cry me a fracking river, would you dude?

“I always heard there were three kinds of suns in Kansas, sunshine, sunflowers, and sons-of-bitches.”

— The Outlaw Josey Wales

33. Jack - April 16, 2012

30-32 etc. I think it’s worth discussing here without slamming folks who didn’t like Trek 2009. Personally, I think it was about the human condition — the importance of relationships, self-destruction, coping with loss, having something to prove, finding purpose — and granted, it didn’t dwell on any of those things but it had heart (if not always clear in the writing, then definitely there in the performances),

34. Nx - April 16, 2012

@23 if you look at the end of the video, you’ll see PC DVD below the title, right in the middle.

35. Tarkov2000 - April 17, 2012

Just like every other pop culture property these days — it’s been stripped of it’s uniqueness and reduced to a simple brand — to be absorbed, bought, and easily digested by the masses. Slap “Star Trek” on anything… or “Dark Shadows” or whatever else… doesn’t matter what the source material was – if it’s slick enough and looks like everything else, people will buy it.

Star Trek was once about ideas. Now it’s about skydiving and ‘splosions

36. MJ - April 17, 2012

@33 Come on Jack, I quoted Josey Wales…don’t I get some extra credit for that? :-)

@35. Good post, Jason…..whoops, I mean Tarkov2000. ??? LOL

37. CmdrR - April 17, 2012

35 – Tell me about it.
I watched the trailers for DS and my jaw dropped. It’s stupifyingly dumb. Oh, and disco happened in 1972. It’s right there in the trailer.
As for Trek, it used to be about ideas and characters. Thank God it’s now about ACTION. Mindless, pointless, endless, f-ing action.

38. Chief Petty Officer Dudeface - April 17, 2012

Anyone care to tell me what about the human condition was said in episodes like “The Trouble with Tribbles” or “The Doomsday Machine”? How about “Yesterday’s Enterprise”?

Sure big ideas are part of what made Trek great, but not every highly regarded episode needed some sort of serious philosophical message to be considered great Trek. Plus, having something to say about the human condition didn’t prevent Generations, Insurrection, and Nemesis from being downright awful films, and it didn’t stop Voyager or Enterprise from being the worst and most boring Trek TV shows to date.

Once DS9 went off the air, Star Trek as a whole stopped being enjoyable for a good 10 years. I’m personally glad another team stepped up to the plate to reinvigorate the franchise and I’m definitely looking forward to this game and the film sequel.

39. Admiral New - April 17, 2012

Half expected the Normandy to be on the receiving end of Kirk’s leap. :P

40. Bryan - April 17, 2012

I hope this game pulls not just from shooters, but from adventure type games, puzzles, and tasks that reflect Star Trek’s core values – of course everyone has to realize that Star trek doent typically translate into video games very well. Elite Force was probably the best of all

41. rm10019 - April 17, 2012

Can’t wait! It’a about time, and I hope this leads for future games in the series. And thanks to Bob Orci for consulting on this!

42. rm10019 - April 17, 2012

I also applaud the makers of this game for being direct in their appreciation for Trek as not just running and gunning.

I’m not sure how many of the posters above are real gamers or just posting here for the lack of something better to do, but the fact that a modern action title would even consider the Trek ethos is fantastic.

Trek games have notoriously done badly in crossing over to general audiences, because they didn’t combine the Trek ‘explore strange new worlds’ philosophy with a modern gaming dynamic.

If you want ‘diplomatic’ chess Trek, play some of the boring, clunky badly designed Trek games of the last 20 years.

I hope this one gets the balance right, like the classic Interplay games of the 80’s and early 90’s with some action, and a great mystery to solve and great visuals and action to ENTERTAIN GAMERS.

43. Charla - April 17, 2012

I hope this one is THE one (That puts Trek up where it should be in the gaming world) Can’t wait to play it!

44. P55 - April 17, 2012

Wow. That game looks low budget (like STO was).

I would not mind a Mass Effect style Star Trek action RPG. The meat of Mass Effect’s gameplay was essentially talking to people, choosing what to say and developing relationships (platonic and otherwise) with your crew members. Basically, character development, which is what Star Trek does (or should do) when there’s not a Crisis Of The Week.

@4. El Chup

I believe D.C. Fontana said somewhere that if Trek had the budget for it, Roddenberry would have had more action and space battles in the series. Trek’s talkiness is a byproduct of not having enough money to really do anything else most of the time, even during TNG’s days.

Really, one shouldn’t take Star Trek so seriously.

20. Basement Blogger

“There’s been comparisons to Mass Effect for this game. Mass Effect is almost all combat but it also consists of dialogue and player’s choices. Star Trek is different becuase unlike Mass Effect, the galaxy is not at war. Well, the Star Trek universe is not at all out war.”

What? Half of Mass Effect’s gameplay is your player character walking around and talking to people. Making moral choices. Developing relationships (platonic and otherwise) with your crew members. Occasionally engaging in diplomacy. Also, Mass Effect’s universe wasn’t actively engaged in war until the final game in the current trilogy. They’ve *talked* about past wars and things have happened off screen, but until the third game released this year, they never actually depicted a war on screen.

Mass Effect is basically a game version of Star Trek, but with more consistency in its depiction of Space Magic and Fake Science. Well, until the ending of the third game.

30. Jason

“Man, do I miss Rick Berman…”

What, you miss the man who presided over the humiliating collapse of the Star Trek franchise?

45. Rivas Jakarta - April 17, 2012

At all you crybabies whining about how much you miss the old Trek: Get over it and move on!

I like this new version of Trek and I’m glad its something we can bring in everyone else to see. The change was long overdue.

Change is good!

46. Shannon Nutt - April 17, 2012

Yeah, they said “Star Trek Online” wasn’t going to be “all about shooting” either…but it was basically all about shooting. :(

47. Mikey1091 - April 17, 2012

This game looks AMAZINGLY familiar to me. Some people here have already seen what I mean, so I’ll just say it anyway. Can anyone say mass Effect Trek-style? Cuz that’s exactly what this looks like. At least this game wont give us a choice of three different color explosions with basically the same damn effect that makes every choice you ever made in the first two ME games *GASP* mean absolutely nothing. Oh well, enough ranting about ME. As for this game, looks good so far. I also love the fact that they fixed budgineering. I LOATHED the 2009 engineering set. Lets just hope the engineering we see in the game is the same as in the movie, or we’ll all be pissed again. Then again, I think they get the point that not one person like the engineering set they used for Trek 2009, so they’d be pretty stupid to use it again, LOL!

48. Kirk, James T. - April 17, 2012

WOW, I’m not a gamer but this is one I can’t miss.

49. Flake - April 17, 2012

Mass Effect draw inspiration from Star Trek!

Star Trek is the daddy of all modern sci-fi! If they want to make a game like this, let them! Its in the FPS genre where shooting bad guys is the main selling point!

50. Chris - April 17, 2012

Yes the game looks very nice. However, did anyone else happen to notice that the entire trailer is….running and shooting. Just sayin.

51. Red Dead Ryan - April 17, 2012

If you want old Trek, guys, then you have over 700 hours of it on dvd/Blu Ray. Plus the thousands of novels and comics. There.

Let’s move on.

52. Oshawhatever - April 17, 2012

@49 – says one of the smelly morons that buy into this trash. BYE.

53. rm10019 - April 17, 2012

oh snap.

54. Basement Blogger - April 17, 2012

@ 43

I’m a big Mass Effect fan. And I’m not making the argument that Mass Effect is just about running and gunning. But the bulk of the missions are combat. Yes, I’ve played all three games of Mass Effect.

The bulk of the Mass Effect main missions are combat. Grab a copy of the official guides for Mass Effect 2 and 3. The main missions are combat. Side missions in the back of the guides can be diplomatic. I’m looking at the guide to Mass Effect 2 now. Virtually all the main missions are combat. The only MAIN mission that I can see now that is not about combat is Samara’s Loyalty mission. And in that one she does the fighting. Again there are much smaller missions which are not combat. But these are not half the game. Again, grab the guides and notice that seventy per cent of it is armed conflict.

I totally agree that Mass Effect does have moral choices. It also raises philosophical issues. In Mass Effect 3, the question of what is the definition of life is clearly asked. That’s what makes the game great.

The main conflicts within Mass Effect are run and gun battles.

Mass Effect I – War with the Geth. Later find out that the Geth have allied with the Reapers.

Mass Effect 2- War with the Collectors who are controlled by the Reapers

Mass Effect 3- The final war with the Reapers. –

Star Trek from its preamble is not a science fiction franchise which is only about war. I mean there ‘s plenty of battles but armed conflict is not the only thing going on. Sure, you’ve got conflict with the Klingons and Romulans but you don’t open fire on these guys right away. If you run into a Collector in Mass Effect, you had better open fire or run the risk of getting turned into human goo.

In fact, Star Trek had plenty of episodes where it wasn’t about firing phasers. The Empath. The City on the Edge of Forrever. The Trouble with Tribbles. TNG- The Inner Light. Film- Star Trek IV.

55. Mark Lynch - April 17, 2012

I do hope it is still coming on PC or I won’t be able to play it…

A Star Trek game could do much worse than draw inspiration from Mass Effect.

56. rm10019 - April 17, 2012

55 – I have to put a vote in to investing in a PS3. Used as a media hub, they are a great investment, streaming content, playing blurays, really a versatile machine.

57. Basement Blogger - April 17, 2012


Look at the end of the top trailer. It has “PC-DVD.” So I’m guessing it will be out on PC.

58. Vultan - April 17, 2012


Move on to… what?

59. "Check the Circuit!" - April 17, 2012

I got a kick out of the Shattered Universe game. I guess that was mainly a shoot ’em up game. But I had fun piloting a shuttle and taking on 4 Constellation-class starships under the control of M5.

60. "Check the Circuit!" - April 17, 2012

Star Trek has evolved. And not only survives…but thrives. Lack of evolution equals cancelation….oops!….extinction.

We should all try it. We can move forward and stand up erect. Or not, and remain knuckle-dragging cave dwellers.

To quote (or paraphase) from ST VI: If there is to be a brave new world, our generation will have the hardest time living in it.

61. Vultan - April 17, 2012

Again, I ask: move on to what?

If Trek “evolves” and embraces current trends of loud, noisy, flashy action over interesting ideas that make you think about the bigger picture (yes, even games have the capacity to make you think along with all those wonderful, violent action sequences), then in what direction are we moving?

Of course, these are only trailers. You can’t judge it too harshly, because trailers often emphasize action over everything else. But I think the question still applies—to games and movies. Where are we going with this?

62. KillaBC - April 17, 2012

I for one am looking forward to this game, star trek games have been produced on the cheap. The Bethesda games were awful for this generation of consoles and the quality never really recoverd. The best IMO were the ones that came out in 1999-2001. There was such a large selection and variety that any Trek taste was satisified I have fond memories of Klingon Academy and SFC. I have high expectations for this game and judging by what the developers are saying its seems the action is just to draw the Generic crowed in whilst there will be some Trek spirit in the game when you play it. I also could see each mission been a “Gamerised” problem of the week with a story arc covering it. Im a beliver so lets see till 2013!

63. captain_neill - April 17, 2012

Seems to be very UN Star Trek but still could be a lot of fun to play

64. dev - April 17, 2012

@58: exactly. With the death of both the original Star Trek and the Stargate series, Science Fiction film and TV is severely lacking at the moment. I want another series that emphasizes “what if”, tackling difficult questions, and placing its characters in situations that require solutions other than blowing crap up (blowing crap up is supposed to be the occasional perk, not the whole plot). I also want something written by people who believe in constructing a believable and cohesive universe, something which the last movie blatantly chucked out the window (I enjoyed the movie, but the geek in me was screaming the whole time).

65. CaptRobau - April 17, 2012

There has been no indication in either trailer nor the previews I’ve read that the core gameplay will be anything aside from cover-based shooting. As such it wouldn’t be an RPG like Mass Effect (in which conversations and combat made up the core gameplay) but a game more akin to Gears of War (but less brown :D). As a player you’ll be able to use your tricorder to gain information that furthers the plot or help gain you a tactical advantage. This’ll help bring some variety in gameplay, but the core gameplay will be cover-based shooting. Luckily this is a tried and tested formula, which often results in a very enjoyable game. When you combine this with the more unique co-op gameplay in which you’ll either work together with another person (multiplayer) or AI (singleplayer) and hopefully an engaging plot, this can turn out to be a good Star Trek game, something that we haven’t had a lot of in recent years.

66. Basement Blogger - April 17, 2012

My post @ 54 refers to @ 44 for P55. Sorry Charla. And I hope everything is well with you, Charla.

67. Adolescent Nightmare - April 17, 2012

I suggest moving on to Wow Wow Wubbzy. My sister says it is very educational. But I find the old Star Trek less thought provoking than Wow Wow Wubbzy.

68. Martin - April 17, 2012

the grey jump suits that kirk and spock are in was seen in spy photos with zoe saldana and jhon cho

69. Martin - April 17, 2012

as you can see on the link below

70. Bucky - April 17, 2012

The IGN write up said there’d be planetary exploration which basically translates in gamer-speak to “Fetch quests”. So fetch quest – run and gun – space jumping mission – run and gun -fetch quest, etc.

71. Troy - April 17, 2012

Looks pretty great! Makes me wonder what a Star Trek series with these kind of effects would be like, although I recognize the fact that it may be difficult to do on a TV budget. But it looks good!

72. NuFan - April 17, 2012


Hah! But if it’s boring it must be very smart, right?

73. PEB - April 17, 2012

@60 wow, you know what, you just summed up a lot (not all) of the Trek fans who cant wrap their minds around the evolution of Trek. To say that the 09 movie had nothing to do with the human condition or that it didnt have heart, or something along those lines means that you either know it’s a false statement and just dont like the make-over OR you’re blatantly resisting the growth of a franchise that you’re obviously (and rightfully so) very passionate about. That doesnt mean you have to say you like nuTrek or that you think it’s good but you can at least speak the truth about it.

The themes of Star Trek VI really play well into this. There’s an older generation who are set in their ways and are not exactly sure how to move forward into an oncoming uncertain future. There are TOS fans to this day who cant give credit to TNG for recreating a spark and allowing Trek to live on through many many incarnations simply because they dont feel that TNG was anywhere near the quality of TOS. Times change, and hopefully things grow. I wish as fans we could all be more rational and logical when looking at the merits of Trek, in all its different shapes and forms. I have a boyfriend who loves Trek even more because of how he related to the 09 film, and although he’s a Marine, the explosions and flashy FX were not the selling point but an added bonus. I know I’m getting way off track but I needed to vent a little.

74. Daoud - April 17, 2012

Dudeface @38:
“Anyone care to tell me what about the human condition was said in episodes like “The Trouble with Tribbles” or “The Doomsday Machine”? How about “Yesterday’s Enterprise”?”
“The Trouble with Tribbles”: population explosion and overconsumption of resources, Adam’s charge (over all the animals), bureaucratization, avoiding violence, etc.
“The Doomsday Machine”: the arms race of the Cold War, sacrifice to save others, bravery in the face of death…
“Yesterday’s Enterprise”: the consequence of choices, bravery in the face of battle, going down with the ship, going against long odds, sacrifice…

75. Red Dead Ryan - April 17, 2012


From now on, we’re going to see a “Star Trek” franchise which will put more emphasis on fast paced action, flawed characters, amazing visual effects and space battles, product placement and twenty-first century sensibilities. In other words, J.J Abrams laid the foundation for what will come in the future, Trek-wise.

If you don’t like that, too bad. This is the future of the franchise. Things change. It’s the way it’s going to be from now on. TOS had its day, and so did TNG and the other spin-offs. There can be no going back.

76. Red Dead Ryan - April 17, 2012

BTW, when I said how TOS had its day, I was talking about the show itself, stylistically and writing-wise, which are both very ’60’s-ish. Can’t really duplicate the old classics and have it be taken seriously. Obviously the characters are timeless. Hence the return to Kirk, Spock and McCoy etc. in an updated, and modernized Enterprise as part of a faster-paced, highly kinetic and visual film franchise.

77. Vultan - April 17, 2012


Okay then. Enjoy the fireworks while they last.

78. Red Dead Ryan - April 17, 2012


Thanks, I will!

It’s a shame that you won’t, but oh well. J.J Abrams has shown us the light, and you’ve closed your eyes.

79. Vultan - April 17, 2012


With a bridge that bright, you pretty much have to close your eyes. Or suffer retina damage. :D

80. K-7 - April 17, 2012

@74. Those are quite a stretch. I agree with Daoud.

81. P55 - April 18, 2012

54. Basement Blogger

Of course there’s lots of combat. Even most of the Star Trek games are mostly combat-focused, because of market realities. I believe Elite Force was the best-selling, most well-received Star Trek game, and that’s all action.

I’m just saying that the story and characters is what fans of the Mass Effect series remember the most, what they latched onto, what they fell in love with, and why there was such a hostile reaction from the fandom to the nonsensical ending to Mass Effect 3. It’s the heart and soul of the games. Quite honestly, Mass Effect’s combat isn’t nearly good enough to sustain long-term interest without the universe and the characters it’s attached to.

Whichever random game publisher holds the Star Trek game license this week should look closely at Mass Effect’s example and perhaps hire a studio such as Obsidian to develop a Mass Effect-styled action RPG series. Oh, and give them enough time and budget to get the game out in reasonable shape – Obsidian are brilliant writers, crafting intricate worlds and characters with depth (even compared to Bioware), but boy, have they had bad luck with rushed schedules from publishers, which equaled buggy games.

82. Chief Petty Officer Dudeface - April 18, 2012

@74 Daoud

You’re reaching quite a bit. Through this line of thought, you could easily say that Trek ’09 was about friendship, bravery, sacrifice, and new beginnings.

Much of those ideas you mentioned were in the Trek ’09, but like in Trek ’09 they weren’t primarily used to convey any sort of serious, thought-provoking message to the audience.

Also, allow me to reiterate my second point from my first post: Bringing such themes to the forefront didn’t save most of the TNG movies, Voyager, or Enterprise from being storytelling failures.

83. tribbleorlfl - April 18, 2012

While I agree JJ’s version of Trek is pretty different than what we’ve grown to love, I generally take a “Any Trek is better than no Trek” view. It might not be “true” Trek, but it was still damn entertaining. Besides, I look to Lost and even Felicity, the guy’s got the flair for plot, drama and developed characters that emotionally resonate with the audience. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt he will get to the core of Trek over the course of a couple films and whatever else he has planned. I mean, Kirk has only been Captain of the Enterprise for about 45 seconds!

Regarding the game, I stand cautiously optimistic the game will have balanced gameplay and come closest to a commercially-viable, “true” Trek experience as we can get. As much as I like STORY, it’s a non-stop pew-pew fest. I want to decrypt computers, stop a warp core breech and personally tweak my ship’s systems to squeeze out every bit of engine, shield and weapon power I can through a bunch of mini games and puzzles every once in a while. I want to get to know my crew. I haven’t played Mass Effect, but it sounds like it does a good job of getting you a little bit of everything, and if this game is based on ME mechanics, I hope we have a winner.

84. captain_neill - April 18, 2012

JJ Abrams’s take on Trek might be the in thing but its moving away from the ideals that Roddenberry set out with Trek.

It is still good but its not the Trek I grew up loving. And I look forward to the next movie despite these changes.

85. rm10019 - April 18, 2012

Any smart person who has played a Tomb Raider or Uncharted title in the last 10 years can see that there is ENORMOUS potential for a Trek series of games. They have action, puzzle solving and great character moments, like any good Star Trek project from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. Soon to be ’13.

and GASP they can even include some social commentary!! OMG, how do you do that in a video game, aren’t they just Pac Man and Pong!!??????

86. Basement Blogger - April 18, 2012

@ 79

Vultan, the bridge on Abrams Enterprise is very bright and very white in color. The advantage for the next movie is that if it is a 3D conversion, I won’t be complainiing about the conversion being too dark for the bridge scenes. Now, if a lot of the next movie are night scenes, then there’s a good chance the 3D conversion will be too dark. Star Wars: The Phantom Menance’s conversion was too dark.

87. Basement Blogger - April 18, 2012

The developer for this game is Digital Extreme. We should be confident that they will do justice to the franchise. They did produce the highly touted Bioshock. Namco is a well known in the vidoe game field. See Pac-Man.

I don’t mind a lot of combat. That the attraction to today’s video games. But Star Trek is not all about that. For Star Trek, you will need starship gameplay, exploration, and of course, ideas. Scientific and philosophical. Relationships are important but they’re not the only thing about Star Trek.

There’s been talk on this thread about Mass Effect as an example. Yes, Mass Effect would be a good model. There’s exploration of planets in Mass Effect. There is also plenty of combat. But as I said before, Mass Effect is full of ideas. Definition of life. Relationships built. It’s epic science fiction.

I remember Judgment Rites. You had to be careful using your phaser. The new Star Trek game looks like more combat. Okay. But it should have ideas and of course, a great story. And of course, we don’t want to shoot every Klingon we see in the game. The challenge is how does one make a video game with plenty of action, probably combat and make it Star Trek. Mass Effect would be a good starting point for Star Trek.

And there’s hope here in the video game world. Video games are getting more mature all the time. Social commentary in Grand Thef Auto. Religious extremism in Halo. And of course the mutlitple ideas in Mass Effect. There’s also emotional impact as well. I promise you if you’ve played Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3, you will feel sadness when tragic things happen in Mass Effect 3. It is great science fiction.

88. Spacecadet - April 18, 2012

I hope, the game will not only be one of those “utopia” games, where you can see a “better society” or ethical conflicts, I hope it will not be one of those games, where you have to much story, but a lot of phasers, phasers and phasers. Or maybe photonic weapons. I hope it won´t be to much like that series, they have shown in the 60th and 80th called … what was it? Ah, yeah. Star Trek. Okay, this was irony. Oh man, I like effects and action, but what have they done out of Star Trek? ACTION! (grunted like by one of those planet of the apes – ape). Okay, it is certainly a good game. I loved the games “Judgment Rites” and “Final Unitiy”. That was at a time, where you had not to discuss, what Star Trek is like. Later they published games like ELITE FORCE, games, where the prime directive seems to be “Fire at will”.

89. Spacecadet - April 18, 2012

And I liked JJ ABRAMS first movie. But if Star Trek is rescued or just continued by him, we will see next year…

90. Ceti Alpha 5 - April 18, 2012

Well, it’s the closest thing to Mass Effect 4 we’ll ever get thanks to ME3’s franchise killing ending. So take what I can get.

Besides, Mass Effect was considered to be “the Star Trek game everybody wanted” so now we get a Star Trek game that’s like Mass Effect. I see this as a WIN.

I just hope that you have more than just Kirk & Spock on your away team.

91. captain_neill - April 19, 2012

This game does not feel like Star Trek to me. It seems that is the way of things these days.

92. P55 - April 19, 2012

I’d like to think that people reacted this way when The Wrath of Khan was in production/was released, especially given Roddenberry had little to do with it.

Star Trek is the product of many, many hands, even during TOS, so it’s always disappointing when people scream “That’s not the Star Trek Roddenberry made!” or similar.

93. Genesucked - April 19, 2012

Gene liked to rewrite history. TOS had plenty of explostions and actions. He just decided in the 80’s to try and make it into a religion so he can cash in. Gene was full of crap. This is one thing he had in common with George Lucas.

94. MJ - April 19, 2012

@84 @91

Snore….someone please wake we up when Captain Neill stops his habitual whining about nuTrek.

95. Tony - April 19, 2012

Isn’t this what everybody said when the Trek XI trailers first came out?

Like to the letter?

And weren’t they proven wrong?

At least wait for the demo or when it comes out to make such assumptions and accusations.

96. Jim Nightshade - April 20, 2012

I also hope it will be a great game—hard but not so u get killeed every 3 seconds hah–maybe like myst where u dont get killed all the time….re dark shadows…i grew up watching the original–the wolfman scared by brother so much we werent allowed to watch it all the time…..however…looking back at it now…slow plodding murky and amateurish goth soap opera….i admit i was shocked seeing the trailer for the movie—-but i am willing to give tim burton a chance before i condemn it–burton has deftly handled comedy spoofs-beetlejuice anyone..edward scissorhands? and he reinvented one dark knight dude way before nolan…plus who doesnt luv the munsters or addams famiy?

97. Basement Blogger - April 22, 2012

@ 90

There’s been a lot of complaints about Mass Effect 3’s ending. I believe video games are art. BioWar which listens to its fans willl make changes to improve the games after they ship. Remember the mining patch for Mass Effect 2? That being said, BioWare might improve the ending by more exposition but it should stand by the producers and writers vision regarding the ending.

I like the ending. It was thought provoking. And you did control which end you wanted. I usually chose to create a whole new life form for the galaxy. Regardless, I hope the complaints aren’t because the ending was somewhat of a downer. That’s like fans saying we want to change the end to Casablanca. I didn’t think the battle against the Reapers was going to go well for Shepard. And how many people complained when your character died in Halo: Reach? Still the end to Mass Effect 3 was satisfying because in a sense you did triumph over the Reapers.

I say we respect writer Mac Walters vision. BioWare should not change the end to Mass Effect unless they want to flesh it out.

98. Basement Blogger - April 22, 2012

There’s been some complaints that the Star Trek game will have too much “running and gunning.” It’s a video game that wants to make a ton of money, folks. That means there will be a lot of running and gunning. Bad? Not necessarily.

The game should reflect what Star Trek is and what is good gaming for the masses. It’s been done with Mass Effect. An epic science fiction story can be told with generous amounts of combat. That being said, you don’t want to shoot everything on sight in a Star Trek world. You didn’t do that with Judgment Rites.

The game should also have a good amount of starship operations. Ship to ship battles are fine. But talking to other ships via view screen would be welcome

There should be more than two characters to have major parts. I understand the Kirk-Spock dynamic. But Star Trek featured the troika of Kirk-Spock-McCoy. Mass Effect allowed you to take two other characters with you.

Finally, tell a smart story. it’s been done with Mass Effect. Star Trek has a history of intelligent science fiction. The palette of video games can offer this type of story telling.

99. The TOS Purist aka The Purolator - April 23, 2012

I hope they make TOS mods for it. Downloading a mod where you can have William Shatner’s likeness for Kirk, Leonard Nimoy’s for Spock, TOS sound effects, TOS Enterprise… etc.

If they do that, and ONLY if they do that, then I’ll buy the game.

100. Basement Blogger - April 23, 2012

There’s been some talk on this thread that Mass Effect has some Star Trek DNA. Martina Sirtis , Michael Dorn, Armin Shimerman have lent their voices to Mass Effect one and two. Well, here’ s the proof that the guys at BioWare behind Mass Effect like Star Trek. In Mass Effect 2, if you go to a particular Citadel bar, you might get a green drink. Your character will comment “it’s green.” ala Scotty in TOS ” By Any Other Name.” Anyway some Trekker did a mash-up of both for you. Link.

101. PEB - April 25, 2012

@99 it’s possible someone will do that. Look at Batman Arkham City, there were loads of skins for batman, robin, and catwoman. I think it’ll probably just come down to the reception the game gets. If it’s chalked up as the best Trek game that’s been released then there will probably be lots of DLC which is common place these days for almost all games. This game doesnt need to be the best thing ever made but it does need to the Arkham Assylum of the Trek games. AA proved that you can make a great Batman game after the wave of horrible and I mean HORRIBLE Batman video games that came before it. And I was skeptical of the team behind AA. So we’ll see.

102. Commander_Z - April 27, 2012

@21 – I’m with you on a Red Dead Redemption-like game in the TOS universe. After thinking about it, what you have in RDR could represent one of many class M planets to explore/find adventure/accomplish tasks on in a free roaming, open world sandbox. Beam back up to your ship that could serve as an explorable hub on the way to the next class M planet or station. What I’m talking about here would be a huge game, though. I mean I’m talking RDR times 10! Probably couldn’t happen, but it would probably appeal to a broader audience given RDR’s popularity.

@85 – Not a bad suggestion. I hadn’t considered a ST game similar to the Uncharted series. That game would look & play great, but I would still like to have more open exploring if possible. I love Uncharted, but that is one of my only complaints: looks & plays great, but too linear.

I haven’t looked into Mass Effect, but after reading this thread you’ve convinced me!

103. Commander_Z - April 27, 2012

@21 – I’m with you on a Red Dead Redemption-like game in the TOS universe. After thinking about it, what you have in RDR could represent one of many class M planets to explore/find adventure/accomplish tasks on in a free roaming, open world sandbox. Beam back up to your ship that could serve as an explorable hub on the way to the next class M planet or station. What I’m talking about here would be a huge game, though. I mean I’m talking RDR times 10! Probably couldn’t happen, but it would probably appeal to a broader audience given RDR’s popularity.

@85 – Not a bad suggestion. I hadn’t considered a ST game similar to the Uncharted series. That game would look & play great, but I would still like to have more open exploring if possible. I love Uncharted, but that is one of my only complaints: looks & plays great, but too linear.

I haven’t looked into Mass Effect, but after reading this thread you’ve convinced me! Here’s hoping they don’t get cold feet with the new ST game. is represented by Gorilla Nation. Please contact Gorilla Nation for ad rates, packages and general advertising information.