Yesterday it was first revealed that Leonard Nimoy had joined the voice cast for the upcoming Atari MMORPG Star Trek Online. Today they have put out a press release that reveals some more details about Nimoy’s role in the game, and confirming that he is portraying the original Spock.
Nimoy Playing Spock in Star Trek Online – but how does it fit?
According to the press release (below) Leoand Nimoy will be reprising his role as Spock in Star Trek Online. The actor will be voicing the introduction to the game (presumably going over the backstory leading up to the war between the Federation and the Klingons). Atari also revealed that Nimoy will be be "heard during key scenes and events in-game."
As previously reported, Star Trek’s other Spock Zachary Quinto is also lending his voice to the game, however he isn’t playing his young Spock, but an EMH who will guide you in the tutorial.
It is very cool that Nimoy is involved in the game, but it isn’t clear how this all fits together. Star Trek Online takes place in the year 2409 in the ‘prime timeline’. However, the new Star Trek movie shows that ‘Spock Prime’ (Nimoy) left the prime timeline when he fell into a black hole in 2387. That event created the new alternate timeline where most of the events of JJ Abrams Star Trek take place. Atari and Cryptic have maintained that Star Trek Online will incorporate the events of the Star Trek movie that take place in the prime timeline. They even have a page dedicated to explaining this on their site, which states:
Events in the movie that happened in the prime timeline (the destruction of Romulus, and the disappearance of Spock and Nero) have affected STO. You can learn more about the aftermath of these events in the Path to 2409 and in STO itself.
TrekMovie will try and see how this all fits together, look for an update later.
LEONARD NIMOY REPRISES LEGENDARY ROLE OF "SPOCK" IN STAR TREK™ ONLINE
Nimoy will voice the introduction to Star Trek Online and key in-game scenes.
New York, NY (December 22, 2009) – Atari, Inc., one of the world’s most recognized videogame publishers, and acclaimed MMO developer Cryptic Studios™, announced today that Leonard Nimoy, the actor who originated the legendary and beloved Star Trek character of Spock more than 40 years ago, has joined the cast of Star Trek Online, the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) ever set in the Star Trek universe.
Nimoy, who recently reprised his role as Spock in 2009’s Star Trek movie, will voice the introduction for Star Trek Online. Nimoy’s voice, known to millions of fans all over the world, will also be heard during key scenes and events in-game.
"I am happy to be involved with Star Trek Online. In this game, the essence of Star Trek – exploration and adventure – lives long and prospers," said Nimoy. "I’m pleased that a whole new generation of fans will be able to discover new frontiers in the Star Trek universe."
"Mr. Nimoy’s participation in Star Trek Online brings the game to a whole new level," said Jim Wilson, President and CEO of Atari, Inc. "When Star Trek fans hear his voice they will know that Star Trek Online truly is part of the Star Trek universe."
Nimoy received multiple Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Spock during the original run of Star Trek in the late 1960s. Besides his on-screen roles in six Star Trek feature films, he directed Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and helped write Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He has also appeared as Spock in Star Trek: The Next Generation and most recently, starred as Spock in J.J. Abrams’s film Star Trek.
Set in the year 2409, Star Trek Online boasts extraordinary features and lets fans both new and old experience unparalleled adventures. Offering space and ground game play, players will have the opportunity to become a high-ranking Starfleet officer and will participate in missions that will take them into the depths of space, across exotic planets, and even inside other starships. Star Trek Online offers total customization where every ship player’s command can be customized, from color to construction. Additionally, anyone can create their own species in Star Trek Online, as well as customize the look of their avatar’s uniform.
And if you missed it, here is the behind-the-scenes video of Nimoy doing his voice work for STO.
STO is coming February 2nd, 2010
You can pick pre-order Star Trek Online at Amazon.