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New Images & Story Details From Star Trek Video Game March 12, 2013

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In April the new Star Trek video game with a brand new story set between the 2009 Star Trek movie and Into Darkness arrives. And today Paramount released more details on the game’s story, characters and some new images. Check it all out below.  

 

 

Meet the Vulcans in the new Star Trek Videogame

Today Paramount revealed more details about the upcoming cooperative Star Trek video game set in the new movie universe, including details on two new characters. According to Paramount the story begins when the USS Enterprise is sent on a rescue mission to a "mysterious space station that is heading towards catastrophe." The station is commanded by a Vulcan scientist named T’Mar.


T’Mar in "Star Trek" game

“T’Mar is the captain of the space station and was a childhood friend of Spock,” says Paramount Senior Vice President and Executive Producer Brian Miller. “Her blend of incredible intelligence and unexpected beauty prove intriguing to Kirk.”

T’Mar then joins Kirk and Spock as they travel to New Vulcan, a planet orbiting a binary star that was colonized by the Vulcans after their planet was detroyed by Nero (in 2009’s Star Trek). And on New Vulcan they encounter Surok, described as "a great Vulcan leader." Surok is one of the lone survivors of an attack from the Gorn.
 


Surok

“When we crafted this story we wanted to make sure the player realizes that the usually logical, Spock can have very emotional connections to the ones he cares about," adds Miller. "Surok was one of Spock’s childhood mentors and is also T’Mar’s father. Together, they are helping to lead the colonization of New Vulcan.”


Spock on New Vulcan

“Video games are not only exciting to play, they’ve become a compelling medium for telling stories, so with Star Trek, we had an amazing opportunity to introduce new characters that are integral to the plot of our game," Miller says. "Our game’s story is canon to the new Star Trek universe, so we had a great responsibility to get these new characters right, and to make them exciting and meaningful to players."

In the new Star Trek game players choose to take on the role of Kirk or Spock and the pair work together. Together you and a friend (or the AI) work together to solve the mystery of New Vulcan. According to Paramount both T’Mar and Surok play key roles in helping Kirk and Spock in the game. They help them learn more about the attacks that the Gorn have been engaging in across the galaxy. They also reveal that the Gorn have stolen a mysterious machine known as the "Helios Device."


A Gorn from "Star Trek" videogame

“For players who want to simply enjoy the experience of playing as Kirk and Spock, Star Trek is going to be a great game experience,” Miller says. “But for those eager to dig deeper into a robust story, we hope it’s an adventure that will excite both longtime fans and game enthusiasts alike.”


The USS Enterprise and Gorn ship

The new Star Trek game arrives on April 23rd for XBox 360, Playstation 3 and PC download. Learn more about pre-ordering by visiting http://www.startrekgame.com.


Star Trek game coming April 23rd

Comments

1. Baby - March 12, 2013

First

Am kind of sad…the game is only one player. I can’t play it with my sister.

2. Anthony Pascale - March 12, 2013

who ever said it was only one player. It is a ‘co-op’ game so you have to play with someone either in-person or over the network. One plays Kirk the other plays Spock. You can also have the computer/console control your partner or switch back and forth.

3. Baby - March 12, 2013

@ 2. Anthony Pascale

I read on a trek site that the game was designed for one player only. I thought it was kind of stupid.

4. Pointing Out The Obvious - March 12, 2013

@1
The game can actually be a two player Co-Operative game, and you can indeed play it with your sister, either through split screen, or over the internet.

Research the game a little, will ya?

5. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - March 12, 2013

I know my older son has pre-ordered this for the XBox. It comes out in the middle of the school holidays here, so he might get to play it if he’s managed to complete his assignment marking by then (he’s a secondary school teacher). If not, he’ll have a frustrating wait until the end of the semester in July. He’s been playing Star Trek Online for a number of years. As I understand it StarTrek Online is canon for the prime universe.

6. somethoughts - March 13, 2013

Looks good, I will try this out

7. Giez - March 13, 2013

T’Marr is T’Hott! Go figure :)

8. Marja - March 13, 2013

Whaddya know, a Vulcan woman who looks like Paris Hilton with dark hair o_O

9. Matt - March 13, 2013

i know they said it was going to be on the pc as well as XBOX and 360 but why haven’t they allowed us to pre order the PC version?

10. JP - March 13, 2013

No PC version :(

Also, why is she smiling?

11. Capt. of the USS Anduril - March 13, 2013

10. There is a PC version. And she’s not smiling, looks like they snapped the shot while she was talking.

Gotta say…it’s nice to see a Vulcan woman without the damn bowlcuts that Vulcans/Romulans were given during Next Generation onward.

12. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - March 13, 2013

@11

Agreed. The hairstyles were generic and unflattering. TOS and movies had some more interesting female Vulcan/Romulan hairstyles.

13. Capt. Roykirk - March 13, 2013

What happened to the Gorn? I mean, it of course wouldn’t look like a guy in a rubber suit, but could look a bit shouldn’t it look like the one from Enterprise?

14. Pointing Out The Obvious - March 13, 2013

@5
The ‘canon’ for the prime universe is actually up for debate. I personally see the Pocket Book novel universe as the Canon.

15. Mel - March 13, 2013

I wonder if the Gorn are only stereotypical bad guys in the game or if they have like in TOS a good reason for their violence.

I would love to try the game out, but I suspect my PC isn’t good enough for it and I don’t have a PS3 or X-Box. :-(

16. BatlethInTheGroin - March 13, 2013

I can’t believe Paramount approved that awful design for the Gorn. That is NOT the Gorn.

17. Of Bajor - March 13, 2013

@5, @14

There is no official canon (prime or alt universe) beyond the tv shows and movies. Star Trek Online is just authorised to use the Trek universe as its base, as are the pocket book novels. This does not make them canon though.

Although for me personally, I much prefer the ongoing litverse timeline to he STO timeline

18. Steve - March 13, 2013

Is it just me or do the graphics not look that great?

19. CmdrR - March 13, 2013

The Gorn does not have disco ball eyes!!
This is NOT canon!

20. NC Trekker - March 13, 2013

Where is Spock Prime?

21. rm10019 - March 13, 2013

18 – It is just you.

The game looks fantastic, and I have been waiting for years for Trek to get this treatment on a console. Thanks Bob and everyone working on it!

22. Navy - March 13, 2013

Wow. Another Star Trek shooter, I wonder if this game will tank too.

Remember when Star Trek games had a story line? A final Unity, or 25th anniversary comes to mind.

23. Mad Mann - March 13, 2013

I’m all for improving the look of the Gorn, but I don’t get why they are naked now. That’s just weird. At least wear a tunic or loincloth, no one wants to see your Gorn-ads.

24. Nony - March 13, 2013

I’m imagining the TOS Gorn was kind of an outcast because he came out of his egg a little different and nobody wanted to hang out with him. Instead of being a fast, vicious killing machine, he just glittered his eyeballs and lumbered around. They gave him a ship and sent him off out of the way to get rid of him. And then Kirk beat him up. Poor Gorn.

25. Calastir - March 13, 2013

18 & 22; Agreed.

Remember when “We come in peace; shoot to kill.” used to be a parody?

26. cpelc - March 13, 2013

23- Gorn-ads….I see what you did there.

27. SciFiMetalGirl - March 13, 2013

Looks like it says 3D? If so, cool!!!

28. Michael - March 13, 2013

New Vulcan looks like it has a nicer climate than old Vulcan.

29. ST Game YAY! - March 13, 2013

As always, we’re forgetting our manners: Thank you, Anthony and TrekMovie.com, for posting this latest update.

I’m looking forward to the PC version! (And hoping we’ll see more information about that release soon!)

30. Marcus - March 13, 2013

” 18. Steve – March 13, 2013: Is it just me or do the graphics not look that great?”

Its not you. If I had to make a guess, the graphics are dated to around 2006-2007. Actually, they look like they came from “Star Trek: Online”.

31. sean - March 13, 2013

#13

The one in Enterprise looked terrible, like something from a Syfy movie. I don’t think that’s anything the designers would want to emulate here.

32. Sock's Bangs - March 13, 2013

#16 – I can’t believe Paramount approved that awful design for the Gorn. That is NOT the Gorn.

It is now!!

33. SPATAN555 - March 13, 2013

Looks promising. Anyone remember a Next Gen StarTrek game, DS9: The Fallen? That is the best third person Trek game, ever.

I hope Reboot game turns out as good as DS9: The Fallen.

*Vulcan Salute.

34. Ross - March 13, 2013

This is mainly for UK readers but If you pre-order this from GAME, you get not only the DLC, but you get a code that allows you to get one free adult ticket to see Star Trek Into Darkness once its released at any Cineworld in the country. It’s only for the 2D viewings so if you want to see it in IMAX or 3D you’ll have to pay to upgrade the ticket.

35. Mantastic - March 13, 2013

I remember reading in another article about this game that there’s supposed to be different sub-species of Gorn, hence why this one looks like a crazy monster creature.

Basically it’s like the Skaarj from Unreal 1 and 2.

36. PEB - March 13, 2013

When you look at the game in motion in video, it looks worlds better than STO. But no, they’re not the best graphics. I’m assuming that like the original Mass Effect and a few other game titles, if this is a success, the next game in the line will get a better treatment as far as graphics.

I was pretty sure I read early on that there are different types of Gorn. Like in Aliens there isn’t just one type of xenomorph. And that deeper into the game you’ll encounter a Gorn that looks like the one from Enterprise of from Arena and that will be the more intelligent, type of Gorn.

Also, for those saying “remember when Trek was about exploring” I just went back and watched Arena last night on my bluray player and the first thing Kirk wanted to do was hunt down the ship and destroy it. He almost had a blood lust look on his face when he’d talk about destroying the ship. Many times over, Kirk’s first response to things was to pull out a phaser or ready the weapons of the ship. I know, it was a plot device but still. Picard was the diplomat who changed all of that.

37. cpelc - March 13, 2013

Was lurking around the Film Score Monthly message boards to see if there was any news about a release of the soundtrack for the game.

According to reports it features a new score by Giacchino, but on the FSM boards Chad Seiter (One of the composers of FRINGE s1) wrote that it was actually his work featured in the game and he would like to see a release of it at some point but nothing planned right now.

Anthony – maybe you could work on some type of interview with Chad about this writing process?

38. BatlethInTheGroin - March 13, 2013

#32: No. It never will be. :)

39. Jovius the Romulan - March 13, 2013

T’Mar looks like an anime character in that screenshot. I hope she looks better in motion.

#10: “The new Star Trek game arrives on April 23rd for XBox 360, Playstation 3 and PC download.”

#22: Actually, Voyager: Elite Force and Elite Force II are the two most successful Star Trek games to date, both in terms of sales and critical reception. In particular, the first game had good pacing in both exploration and action. Some of the plot points were a bit cliché, but the way the characters planned ahead and carried out mission objectives, plus the new alien races? Very Star Trek. I’d suggest giving it a play, because it’s obvious you haven’t!

40. THX-1138 - March 13, 2013

I post this with the full admission that I don’t play a lot of video games.

T’ Mar looks like Olivia Wilde from Tron 2. If you hadn’t told me her name or that she was a Vulcan I would never have known. Not so much good, to me.

Boy, that’s sure a lot of water for a planet with two suns.

Like someone said above, where is Spock Prime during all of this? Wasn’t this going to be his mission: to help in the colonization of a new planet for the Vulcans?

The Gorn looks like it moves really fast. That seems to run contrary to the Gorn in Arena, who was very slow. And was the captain of his ship. My point being that why would a subordinate Gorn have superior physical attributes over an apparent commander in a species that seemingly prizes strength and combat?

Like I said, what do I know from video games?

41. NCC-73515 - March 13, 2013

27. Games have been 3D since almost 20 years :p

42. Cinema Geekly - March 13, 2013

@17 Bob Orci has said more than once that he considers the Comic Books to be cannon.

@40 In relation to the Gorn. The people behind the game have said their are different classed Gorn. I’m hopeful that the TOS Gorn’s will be in the game somewhere.

43. BatlethInTheGroin - March 13, 2013

#42: The comic books are a large-barreled gun?

44. Baby - March 13, 2013

I think Spock Prime will make a cameo or at least will be mentioned.

Also where are all the other characters? Uhura, Bones, Sulu, Chekov, Captain Pike etc.

I cant wait to see their game design…..I hope they mirror the actors that play them.

45. Navy - March 13, 2013

@#39

I’ve played a side scrolling Star Trek game for the early Macintosh that I can’t remember the name of, going up, as I remember them:

25th Anniversary
Judgement Rites
A final Unity
Starfleet Acadamy
Klingon Acadamy(Honor Guard?)
Armada
Armada II
Starfleet Command
Starfleet Command II
Starfleet Command III
Elite Force
Starship builder
Bridge Commander
Star Trek Legacy(?)
Star Trek Online
and likely one or two others plus some fan made stuff…

I was devistated when Secret of Vulcan Fury was cancelled.

I think that I am qualified to say that out of them all, none were as much fun or as close to a Star Trek experience as 25th Ann, Judgement Rites and a Final Unity.

46. Try Try Again - March 13, 2013

Makes me wish there was a Kickstarter campaign to bring back Secret of Vulcan Fury. I wonder who owns the voice tracks? (Since they included Shatner, Kelley and Nimoy – unsure who else.)

Then again, someone would need to be willing to code the game, deal with licensing, etc.

Hint-hint, if any game companies or devs with connections are reading this… ;-)

47. THX-1138 - March 13, 2013

#42

I got that about the Gorn. My point was that zippy fast subordinate Gorn didn’t make sense (to me) when the hierarchy (Gorn captain from Arena) were slow, particularly when they apparently are a society that celebrates combat. Or is combat based. Or something.

48. EscapeArtist - March 13, 2013

The feral-looking Gorn might have been specifically developed to better fit Star Trek thematically. Given that Kirk and Spock are probably going to shoot hundreds of these guys over the course of the game, making them non-sentient hyper aggressive monsters reduces the moral dilemma they’d face collecting a high kill count. I’m just speculating, but I’d guess that played a role in the development process.

49. sean - March 13, 2013

#47

The problem is the Gorn as seen in Arena are too comical and silly to be taken seriously now. A guy lumbering around in a rubber suit hissing just isn’t going to cut it these days. So much like the Klingons, the Gorn are getting an upgrade.

50. Navy - March 13, 2013

@#49

Being slow doesn’t equate being less powerful. The interesting thing about the Arena Gorn, is that he too had to use intelligence to get his target at a disadvantage.

Why have story telling and intelligent puzzles when most people are satisfied with another FPS.

51. Gorn to be Wild - March 13, 2013

#49

The original design is a good one. All it needs is a little refinement, now we’re past the days of rubber suit monsters. Something along these lines could work:

http://images.tfaw.com/covers_tfaw/400/ju/jul073649e.jpg

52. sean - March 13, 2013

#50

Slow, lumbering enemies that miss their targets when they are within inches of them aren’t terribly intimidating. I don’t know anyone that expected a revisited Gorn to look and act as they did in Arena.

Let’s face it – if Kirk had a phaser in Arena the fight would have lasted about 5 seconds. Heck, he says as much in the episode.

And I have no idea why you feel a FPS can’t have good storytelling or puzzles. There are tons of them out there.

#51

And that doesn’t look that far off from what they’re doing here.

53. rm10019 - March 13, 2013

46- the entire original cast except Kelley did their trax. They brought in voice talent for Bones as he was not well. This would however be a great coup to find these recordings!

54. cw - March 13, 2013

Gorn-ads. Classic

55. Navy - March 14, 2013

@#52

The Gorn were successful in ambushing the Colony on Cestus III, they ambushed Kirk and crew.

Somehow Kirk survived and the Enterprise gave chase.

Your handphaser comment isn’t relivent as we know the Gorn also have some kind of weapon that can engage targets at distance. It would seem both Kirk and the Gorn were disarmed for their confrintation. Kirk’s boast about a handphaser solving the problem is a little over confident, what if the slow moving Gorn is a better marksmen?

I understand getting rid of the rubber suit and reworking the visual effects, but the arena was really a close match. Kirk won, because its a TV show, but it could have easily gone the other way. How sharp are the Gorns claws, perhaps one good swipe would open a human up so bad they would bleed to death without immediate medical attention.

The fact is, most FPS games are dumbed down so the puzzels are nothing more than finding a button in some other room and shooting everything in sight.

We no longer have a Star Trek that makes real sense, there is a Captain of the Enterprise who didn’t earn that position or the respect of his peers and elders. We have a redesigned Enterprise that barely reflects Matt Jefferies Genius design.

Until we get a good producer and director, Star Trek is going to keep being another space borne action flick without expanding on our human situation. How was ST2009 relivant to the current state of affairs in our world? How will into dankness make us question the way we live and inspire us to strive for something better?

56. brobertsumc - March 14, 2013

I thought I read somewhere that there are going to be multiple body types of Gorn (they aren’t necessarily a single species). It would be an interesting idea, sort of like the Xindi but not quite as extreme.

I have to say, for all the haters of the JJ-Prise, the angle in the shot above looks pretty good. Also — it looks as though the E and the Gorn ship are fighting alongside each other. Does the Fed end up allying with the Gorn somehow?

57. THX-1138 - March 14, 2013

I’m not going to lay a video games mis-steps at the feet of the producers of NuTrek. Entirely.

I just find it interesting that the people that comment that the TNG era of Star Trek was inferior to TOS also seem to defend pretty large changes to it once JJ and crew become involved.

My take on the Gorn was that they are an advanced (obviously) society that had dispensed with the need for hand-to-hand combat in favor of the massive technology that they had developed over their much longer history (when compared to the bulk of the rest of the quadrant, kind of like if a dinosaur society didn’t die out and were allowed to develop). Of course the Gorn society has been referred to as being a hegemony so I guess that wouldn’t totally discount the idea of there being subordinate classes that were also variations of the species.

Honestly, I don’t mean to argue. It’s just a video game. And Olivia Wilde does look pretty as a Vulcan. Even if she doesn’t have pointy ears. Maybe she’s a Klingon spy working with Harrison! And they both work for the Tholians! And that’s why the Gorn are attacking! I’ve got it!

JOHN HARRISON IS A THOLIAN!!!!!!

58. Spockchick - March 14, 2013

What have they done with the Gorn? I imagined a new Gorn to be like this:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_s59ARuFLHSs/S_mBg7LTw1I/AAAAAAAAB3g/KKgJLqyEwRk/s1600/HE14.jpg

59. AJ - March 14, 2013

57:

A Tholian? What a letdown.

In fact,even if it is Khan, it’ll be a letdown at this point.

60. Jovius the Romulan - March 14, 2013

41: “I think that I am qualified to say that out of them all, none were as much fun or as close to a Star Trek experience as 25th Ann, Judgement Rites and a Final Unity.”

You are welcome to your opinion, but that doesn’t qualify you speak for all Trekkies who also happen to be gamers.

I will quote your earlier assertion which you did not follow up on:

“Wow. Another Star Trek shooter, I wonder if this game will tank too.”

Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force did anything but “tank”. It was the most critically and financially successful Star Trek game of all time, crossing over even to non-Trekkies. The sequel admittedly less so. If you did not enjoy the game, then pity. But where did you get the information that it
“tanked”? I am very curious.

61. THX-1138 - March 14, 2013

#59

No love for the Tholians.

62. Nano - March 14, 2013

Better finish my PC Build this could be my first game!

63. Keachick - March 14, 2013

I wonder – would beings whose blood was copper based have blue eyes, as the vulcan T’Mar has?

64. THX-1138 - March 14, 2013

An interesting question, Rose. I don’t know how that would affect eye color (meaning I lack the knowledge). Perhaps the Tholians lack this same knowledge and have slipped up when building T’Mar’s disguise.

65. Navy - March 14, 2013

@#60 I was qualifying my opinion, not speaking for anyone else. Improve your reading comprehension.

I don’t follow the specific economics of each game released so I may have to rescind “tanked”, however I do still stand by my comment that Elite Force was not as much of a “Star Trek” feeling game as 25th Anniversary was, which is the Gold Standard for me.

66. dmduncan - March 14, 2013

Hair is illogical. Vulcans should all look like Buddhist monks.

67. Jovius the Romulan - March 15, 2013

65: My apologies, but it appeared that you were asserting your statement as something closer to an empirical view rather than an opinion. “I think that I am qualified to say that out of them all…” reads differently than, “In my opinion, out of them all…”

I’ll respectfully ask that we not delve into personal attacks about each other’s education level. I think I am fairly well read and it’s obvious you are. Let’s keep this respectful.

68. ObsessiveStarTrekFan - March 15, 2013

@63. Keachick

I just checked. T’Pring’s preferred, Stonn, had blue eyes, according to his photo on Memory Alpha. So I guess that should settle the case that Vulcans can indeed have blue eyes.

69. Orion - March 18, 2013

She looks like Kim Kardashian…..

70. Navy - March 19, 2013

@#69

I’ve been thinking how seductive that pose is, it doesn’t really fit for a vulcan.

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