News on Star Trek: Conquest, 2007’s sole Trek game release, continues to trickle out. Now on Bethesda’s Blog Lead Designer Frank Arnot sheds more light on the Wii (and PS2) strategy game. Regarding the back story, Arnot describes it as a time where "all the major races are at war. Age-old alliances are forgotten, diplomacy is dead." So it would appear that although the game allows you to play as any of the combatants of the Dominion War (Federation, Klingon, Romulan, Dominion, Breen & Cardasian), they are in 6 separate camps and not 2 alliances. Arnot also lets out that you will encounter Ferengi, Borg, Orion and Xindi (bringing them into the 24th century for the first time). More info on the on the Bethblog .
Star Trek: Online targeting 2009
During the CBS presentation at the Official Star Trek Convention in Vegas it was revealed that the MMORPG ‘Star Trek Online’ is slated to be released in early 2009 and definitely after the Christmas 2008 release of the new Star Trek feature film. TrekMovie.com has confirmed this is the new target date, but that it is still not the official date which will be set by game developer Perpetual (but it will certainly not be in 2008 as previously hoped). CBS Consumer Products Exec John Van Citters described the early work on the game as "stunning as far as the look and feel. It is really something different that hasn’t been done." Perpetual are still keeping a low profile on this exciting project, but we expect to hear much more from them during 2008. Until then there should be a few more updates on their ‘devblog’ plus there will be a ‘preview’ of the game on the upcoming HD-DVD release for TOS Remastered.
Star Trek 2008 – the movie – the game – will it suck?
As reported earlier Van Citters also stated that fans can expect a PC game tie-in to the new Star Trek feature film (but as of now there are no details or even a publisher picked for that). In an interview with Wired a few months back JJ Abrams (who is a gaming geek too) stated that he thought most licensed games sucked and that he would want to get involved with the development of this tie-in game. With his obscenely hectic schedule of films and TV shows it is hard to imagine him getting much involved, but anything can help. In the opinion of this writer there has never been a good Trek film tie-in game (which is too often the case with movie tie in games).