Good new, Trekkies! Paramount Pictures and Namco Bandai have struck a deal that will see the latter company co-publish and distribute the highly anticipated Star Trek video game around the world during the first quarter of 2013 for the PC and all major home consoles.
The title is scheduled to be released prior to the May 17th release of the next Star Trek film, and will feature a stand-alone storyline that continues the adventure of iconic characters Kirk and Spock. Built with the “ultimate” co-op experience in mind, you’ll be able to control both characters as they work together to stop a legendary enemy race bent on conquering the galaxy.
LeeAnne Stables, Paramount Pictures Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Partnerships stated:
“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.”
Olivier Comte, SVP of marketing, Sales and Publishing for Namco Bandai added:
“Star Trek continues to be one of the most beloved entertainment properties around the world, and NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe is extremely excited to be teaming up with Paramount Pictures to create the definitive Star Trek interactive experience.”
Paramount first unveiled the title in pre-alpha phase at E3 2011 and, even at that early stage, it received much praise. That should come as no real shock really, as the game is being developed by Digital Extremes (Bioshock 2, Unreal Tournament, Dark Sector, The Darkness II).
To keep the story authentic, the game’s original story is being penned by BAFTA award winner and God of War writer Marianne Krawczyk in collaboration with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, writers and producers for the upcoming Star Trek film.
We saw a pre-alpha version of the game last year at E3, and it was looking very impressive. If the full game lives up to the potential, then this is one title you’ll want to keep a very close eye on.