Worth Watching: E3 Gameplay Trailer for 'Star Trek' 2012 Video Game

June 7, 2011

Star Trek

On top of it being Super 8 week, it's also E3 in Los Angeles (and Apple's WWDC in San Francisco). Since we're also gamers here at FS, I thought I'd take a break for a moment to feature some new gameplay footage in the first trailer (on YouTube via IGN) released at E3 2011 for the upcoming Star Trek video game that's due out next summer. I wasn't sure if this tied in with J.J. Abrams' sequel to Star Trek, also due out next year, but the official description does state that it's a "co-op prequel Star Trek video game to the upcoming summer blockbuster movie." I know video game crossovers are usually awful, but this looks quite awesome!

Digital Extremes is developing for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Star Trek continues the story from the recent J.J. Abrams film. Players take control of Kirk and Spock in what's being called an "unprecedented co-op experience." They also worked "closely with the Star Trek filmmaking team throughout development," promising that "this will be the definitive Star Trek gaming experience." I wonder if any of this hints at stuff we'll see in the next movie, as it looks incredible. Fighting in space next to a sun, or space-jumping into the Enterprise, or the bridge blowing out, I want to see this stuff in the movie, too! Until we hear more from J.J., this trailer will have hold us over. For more video game updates, check out our friends

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Reader Feedback - 26 Comments


I hate to be negative, Alex,  cuz I LOVE Abram's Star Trek...  but the gameplay looks pretty bad.  🙁

Chazzy on Jun 7, 2011


Whaa? It's a flashy, 60 second pre-alpha trailer, how can you say that?! We barely even get a glimpse of the gameplay, besides that it's some third-person action in the Star Trek world, which, as I said, looks awesome.

Alex Billington on Jun 7, 2011


I was at the Sony Press Conference yesterday. Jack T. himself said it will have its own original story line (the game) based on the franchise hit reboot of Star Trek. But it will be a tie in to the 2nd movie released next year. Hope this helps 🙂

A P on Jun 7, 2011


How is it going to tie into the film next, when they have not even wrote the script for the film yet. 

Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011


They've definitely written it, or at least written a draft, and they know where the story is going, so it's easy to create a prequel game bridging the two movies using the storyline from both.

Alex Billington on Jun 8, 2011


its pre-alpha, so it's got a lot of work needs doing still, it will look good once its finished!

Matthew Bryce Bedford on Sep 6, 2011


*wishing every game would use MotionScan now* still excited however

Josh on Jun 7, 2011


The Star Wars: The Old Republic intro is much more interesting, and more relevant to this site.

Guest on Jun 7, 2011


How so? The KOTR/TOR games are great, but don't really tie into the movies anymore. Whereas this is a direct prequel/tie-in game to JJ Abrams's Star Trek sequel coming next year - this seems a lot more fitting for movies!

Alex Billington on Jun 7, 2011


Interesting how Guest compared the two--without even playing the ST game, of course. I liked KOTOR a lot, and TOR looks interesting, but you're right, Alex--there is no direct tie into the STAR WARS films. I am keen to see how good this new ST game is; I have liked a few STAR TREK games, but this one certainly looks like it might be good.  Only way to find out is to play it....

Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011


Gah, my husband and I watched that probably 10 times yesterday.  That smuggler is such a badass! He totally captures Han's swag. Can't wait for this.

Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011


There's some seriously good game footage/trailers coming out of E3 right now. Like Assassin's Creed, it has another impressive CG trailer. You should go and check them out, Alex. =)

Merc on Jun 7, 2011


I know, I watched the others. Battlefield 3 looks kick ass, Assassin's Creed was cool but it was just a cinematic, will be watching for more throughout the week!

Alex Billington on Jun 7, 2011


You can actually catch a pretty impressive gameplay video of AC: Revelations on IGN.

JL on Jun 7, 2011


Hmm...reminded me of Mass Effect too much.

Ben Bonanza Cartwright on Jun 7, 2011


Quite the Abrams, fanboy aren't you?

Davide Coppola on Jun 7, 2011


Yes, yes I am. 🙂 Big Abrams fanboy!

Alex Billington on Jun 8, 2011


Actually looks pretty good. Thanks for posting Alex.

Lamar on Jun 7, 2011


i LOOOOOVE my Stark Trek and i LOOOOOOVE my xbox but honestly this doesnt get me too excited... i would have featured Halo 4.

NICK S. on Jun 7, 2011


If they are using the likeness of the actors in the film, it would have been great if they used the technology from L.A. Noire, but I don't think they will.

Anonymous on Jun 7, 2011


So, this is just the Dead Space graphics/physics engine with a gayer Star Trek facade, right? Nerd points for me.

blah on Jun 7, 2011


I used to work at a games company and edit trailers.  This is pretty underwhelming and not very cinematic.  No examples of facial or noteworthy animation or FX.  But the key phrase is PRE ALPHA.  It's work in progress.  They've probably rushed to scrape some footage together for E3. The shot of the bridge screen blowing out for instance looks very ordinary and lacks the wow factor and cool FX.  I'll assume it's just not finished.  So much is usually added during the last insane months of a game's production.  It's pretty hard to judge much looking at this trailer. Just my 2 cents.

SV7 on Jun 8, 2011


How could you put this up and not the assassins creed revelations trailer???

Craddock91 on Jun 8, 2011


Now I am wishing more than ever someone let me design a star trek game.  There so much more depth to the franchise that could produce better games than your standard FPS. which this appears to be.  An the Game looks worst than the film was, and the film was terrible.

Anonymous on Jun 8, 2011


For a franchise with a deep history and large fanbase as Star Trek, you'd think they'd at least present something with cinematic presence. I understand we're talking PRE-ALPHA here but if you're going to present something at an event as big as E3, you better go BIG or go home. Titles such as EA's Battlefield 3 got it right.

Meridian on Jun 8, 2011


Star Trek was never all about shooting and explosions or being a FPS. In name only...

Anonymous on Jun 12, 2011

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