Last week TrekMovie.com reported a game called ‘Star Trek Conquest’ showed up on the Gamefly rental service. At the time Bethesda was playing mum, but today they have released details for the Wii (and PS2) game.’Conquest’ is described as a ‘blend of strategy and intense action.’ The game is being developed by 4J Studios (who also made last years PS2 game Star Trek Encounters). Players can take control of Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Cardassian, Dominion, and Breen forces and lead them in a campaign to control the Galaxy, one planet at a time in a turn-based strategy game. TrekMovie.com conjectured that the game would be a ‘Dominion War’ game but it seems to be less DS9 specific and more generic to the Next Gen era. Conquest will be the first Trek game for the Nintendo Wii and Bethesda promises it will ‘fully utilizes the Wii Remote.’
Real time combat
Like all strategy games Conquest will have resource management, technology research, fleet management and building support structures…all in a turn based structure. But when you get into combat the game will switch to a tactical view allowing real time combat command of ships…all of which utilizes the Wii Remote and the Wii Nunchuck.
Only game for 07…what about 08?
Conquest will be the only new Trek game released by Bethesda in 2007. Bethesda released three games on five platforms in late 2006. Bethesda retains the license for all Star Trek series and the first ten feature films, but CBS have yet to assign a license for the 2008 Star Trek feature. NOTE: that the MMORPG ‘Star Trek Online’ is from a different company (Perpetual) and is planned for 2008.
The game will be released on both the Nintendo Wii ($29.99) and theSony PlayStation 2 ($19.99) sometime this holiday season. Bethesda have released three images from the PS2 version of the game (one example below) and set up a page with basic info on the official Star Trek Games site.