The list of cancelled Star Trek video games just got longer. The German publisher Gameforge has made official what has been clear since last fall, their browser game Star Trek: Infinite Space is dead. The company is citing problems finding a partner. More details below.
Infinite Space Cancelled
Last November we reported that Gameforge, who were developing the free to play browser game Star Trek: Infinite Space, had announced layoffs and said they were putting development on hold while they searched for a partner to co-publish the game. But in a statement (translated from German by GameIndustry.biz) Gameforge is now saying they have given up:
"Since autumn 2011 we made many efforts to find a publishing and marketing partner for Star Trek: Infinite Space…Unfortunately, our efforts were not successful. So we have decided with a heavy heart to finally abandon the project Star Trek: Infinite Space. The discontinuation is very regrettable. Unfortunately it happens from time to time that a good concept for a game cannot be implemented as originally planned."
Gameforge, publisher of many free to play browser based games, originally announced the title in 2010. The game was to be set in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine universe during the Dominion War. Gameforge had hoped to launch the game in the fall of 2011 and much work had been done. The publisher had launched a website and demonstrated the game at E3, Fedcon and other trade shows. They even put out this trailer for the game in October 2011.
Another one bites the dust
Star Trek: Infinite Space was to be the first free browser-based Star Trek RPG. There was also talk about Gameforge developing a Facebook page (ala Farmville), but that seems to be gone as well. Infinite Space joins the pantheon of announced but never-released games such as "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – The Hunt," "Star Trek: Borg Assimilator," "Star Trek: Voyager – Retribution," and (most famously) "Star Trek: Secrets of Vulcan Fury," which was to feature voice acting from the entire original Star Trek cast.
1998 trailer for "Star Trek: Secrets of Vulcan Fury"
While Infinite Space adds another page to the long book of Trek’s troubled gaming history, there are bright spots as well. Gamers still have Star Trek Online, which is now free to play, and the upcoming Star Trek co-op console and PC game set in the new movie universe (and due in early 2013).