Since we first found a promotional sheet for "Star Trek DAC" a few weeks ago the new game has been a bit mysterious, until now. Today TrekMovie was given the exclusive first look at the official announcement and new screenshots for the arcade shooter inspired by the new Star Trek movie. See all that below, plus we have a quick update on the latest on that other game, Star Trek Online.
Star Trek D-A-C: $10 for some Star Trek shoot-em-up fun
Star Trek®: D-A-C is a fast-paced, top-down space shooter inspired by the upcoming Star Trek feature film. This pick up and play game allows you and your friends to pick sides (Federation or Romulan), choose starships (including the new U.S.S. Enterprise), and battle it out online. Developed by Naked Sky for Paramount Interactive, Star Trek: D-A-C will be available in May for download via Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® for only $10 (800 Microsoft Points). It will be available on the PlayStation®Network and Windows PC shortly thereafter.
- Arcade-Style Space Combat: Lead your team to victory as you command a starship in epic multiplayer space battles
- Enlist in Starfleet or join the Romulan Empire: Play as one of the two factions from the upcoming “Star Trek” motion picture
- Three Different Game Play Modes:
- Single-Player: Practice against AI bots to become an expert captain
- Online Multiplayer: Twelve players (six per team) compete in intense online battles
- Online Co-Op: Team up with friends to combat in space
- Three Different Game Types:
- Team Deathmatch: Teams go head-to-head in a winner-takes-all fight to the finish
- Conquest: Teams must protect and conquer Control Points in space
- Assault: Teams take turns trying to dominate or defend a sector of space
- Superior Graphics: With visuals inspired by the film, players of Star Trek: D-A-C fight in a diverse array of outer space settings
- Three Ship Classes for Each Faction: The powerful Flagship, the nimble Fighter and the devastating Bomber each provide unique capabilities in combat
- Original Content Inspired by Upcoming “Star Trek” Film: Take down enemies while flying the new U.S.S. Enterprise
- Change the Course of Battle With a Variety of Power-Ups & Special Pick-Ups: Upgrade your ship’s weapons mid-fight and discover powerful pickups to dominate your enemies
- “Star Trek” Soundtrack: Star Trek: D-A-C features music and sound effects taken from the new “Star Trek” movie
- ESRB Rating: E
First Impressions of DAC
On Thursday I had a chance to play around with Star Trek D-A-C and I will have a full early review later, but it is a lot of fun. This multi-player focused space shooter is easy to jump into, but has some surprising layers of tactics for a $10 download title. Hopefully some day we will get an elaborate game tied into the new movie universe, but until then Star Trek D-A-C should prove entertaining to people who just like to shoot at their friends…in space.
Oh…even after playing the game and pestering the room full of developers, I still don’t know what D-A-C stands for…but apparently one can figure it out eventually after playing through the game.
STO Update: ‘Path to 2409’, New Video Clips & More
D-A-C is the most imminent Star Trek game, but not the only one. In the last week there have been a couple of updates for the other Star Trek game in development, Cryptic’s Star Trek Online MMORPG
Firstly, Cryptic has released a new ‘Path to 2409’ supplement in the form of an ‘interview’ with a former member of Starfleet.
Path to 2409 – 2386
I meet David Steiner in Quark’s Bar, Grill, Gaming House, Holosuite Arcade, Gift Shop and Ferengi Embassy. It’s the hub of social life on Deep Space Nine, and there’s an infectious air of fun, revelry and commerce punctuated by shouts of joy and cries of dismay from the dabo tables.
Steiner keeps his eyes down and his voice low, ignoring the frivolity surrounding him. He nurses a Saurian brandy during our interview, but from the empty glasses on the table when I arrived, I could tell it wasn’t his first drink of the evening.
Q: So, you were at the Battle of Gila IV.
A: I saw it all. Awful business. After the treaty with the Dominion was signed, I’d hoped never to see anything like that again.
Also there is an interview with Craig Zinkievich featured on MSNBC.com, which mostly covers old group, but the video shows new shots of starships moving in space.
More STO Links
- At MMORPG.com
Christine Thompson, talks about writing for the Star Trek Online experience and describes some of the challenges in writing for the game.
- STO official forums Kobayashi Maru Challenge #10
Thanks to TrekMovie Game Reporter Joe Gunnell, who contributed to this report