If you haven’t heard of it yet, ‘Star Trek Online’ is a new MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) being built by Perpetual Entertainment. The game allows players to create characters and ‘live’ in the Trek Universe. One of the big decisions was regarding where exactly to set the game in the centuries-long Trek timeline, and the designers decided on 25 years after ‘Star Trek Nemesis’. This is a different approach than other licensed games, for example the ‘Star Wars Galaxies’ MMORPG is set between episodes IV and V of the saga. In an interview with STO Galaxy the executive producer for the game, Daron Stinnett, explains that they chose the post Nemesis era to allow themselves artistic freedom to create new Trek stories.
no one had done anything in that range, at least not with respect to the movies or the television shows, so it gave us a lot of license to create our own world. And, beyond that, the way we think of this is that we are adapting Star Trek to the MMO genre, or another way to look at it is, we think of it in terms of creating a whole new series.
Trek Stars To Appear
Even though the game is set in ‘the future’ past the events of the ‘next gen era’ the game designers do plan on bringing on some Trek stars. Stinnet says "we do have a list of people that we plan to get involved with the game, and make cameo appearances. So, definitely, that’ll happen." Stinnet admitted that negotiations have yet to start with any actors for voice work, but if Bethesda could get all 5 captains for ‘Star Trek Legacy’ then they shouldn’t have much problem getting some good cameos.
A hint of things to come?
Stinnet goes on to explain how CBS have been very supportive of this ‘new Trek’ with a whole new look, and says that CBS are "looking to take Star Trek in new directions, and they’ve been really pleased with some of the ideas we’ve been coming up with." So perhaps Star Trek Online may be a hint of where Trek is headed, at least in terms of CBS and TV.
What about Trek XI?
Stinnett said that at first they got worried when Trek XI was announced. If it were also set in the post Nemesis world it could have created some conflict, but being a prequel has settled their minds.
It’ll be way hundreds of years out of our way. So that’s just all good, because that gives us the opportunity to incorporate some of the things – the potential to incorporate things from the movie without having to deal with potentially being in conflict with the story they’re coming up with.
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