Namco Bandai and Paramount Pictures have announced that they’ve signed a deal for Namco Bandai to co-publish and distribute a new Star Trek video game inspired by the upcoming film for major home consoles and the PC in Q1 2013.
The game’s release will release prior to May 17, 2013 — the release date of the next Star Trek film from J.J. Abrams. It will ha a stand-alone storyline that continues the adventures of Kirk and Spock, who work together to stop a legendary enemy race from conquering the galaxy.
The game is in development at Digital Extremes — who recently developed The Darkness II for 2K Games — with production being overseen by Paramount Creative Executive Brian Miller. The game’s stand-alone story is being penned by BAFTA award winner and the writer of God of War, Marianne Krawczyk. She’s collaborating with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, writers and producers for the 2013 film.
The game has been built from the ground up as “the ultimate co-op experience.” Players will control both Kirk and Spock, who will journey across unexplored planets and enemy battleships with the latest 23rd century weapons and gear.
Paramount Pictures Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships and head of the studio’s video game unit, LeeAnne Stables, said the following:
With our NAMCO BANDAI partners leading the distribution effort, we are confident that we will meet an overwhelming demand to get this exciting console experience into the hands of gamers and Star Trek fans worldwide. The positive response from our initial unveiling at E3 last year was unprecedented, and we are fortunate to have the highest level of production and creative talent on our team that will bring this incredible game out to market next year.
Carlson Choi, VP of Marketing for Namco Bandai Games America Inc., said:
Star Trek continues to be one of the most beloved entertainment properties around the world, and NAMCO BANDAI Games America is extremely excited to be teaming up with Paramount Pictures to create the definitive Star Trek interactive experience.
He also commented:
Working with Paramount Pictures and Digital Extremes reinforces NAMCO BANDAI Games’ commitment of expanding its portfolio to include Triple ‘A’ Western developed games in addition to its popular and well-respected Japanese Franchises. Digital Extremes’ attention to detail, and the collaboration with Paramount Pictures and the team at Bad Robot Interactive will create an authenticity that is sure to thrill Star Trek fans and gamers alike.
To see screenshots of the game, click on the Media Gallery below:
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