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December 20, 2012

‘Star Trek: The Video Game’ gets April 23 release date

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Kirk and Spock in the upcoming "Star Trek: The Video Game." (Paramount Pictures / NAMCO Bandai Games).

Kirk and Spock in the upcoming “Star Trek: The Video Game.” (Paramount Pictures / NAMCO Bandai Games).

In this edition of “Star Trek,” there is no mystery surrounding the villain. Battling players in the upcoming “Star Trek: The Video Game” will be the green reptilian race known as the Gorn, first seen in the original series episode dubbed “Arena.”

On Thursday another mystery surrounding the latest interactive edition of “Star Trek” was solved, as Paramount Pictures and NAMCO Bandai Games officially set a release date of April 23 for the title. The game will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, and the release date puts it almost a full month ahead of J.J. Abrams’ much anticipated follow-up to his 2009 reboot of the landmark television series.

But don’t expect the game to offer any hints — or spoilers — on “Star Trek Into Darkness,” which will be released May 17. “Star Trek: The Video Game” features an original story penned by Marianne Krawczyk, a veteran of the “God of War” series. The game allows players to assume the roles of either Capt. James T. Kirk or Spock and promises a different experience tailored to the personalities of each famed “Trek” character.

Still unknown is whether a Wii U edition of the game will be released. When pressed, a spokesman for NAMCO simply reiterated the release date for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

Pre-orders for these platforms will begin Friday at most major retailers. Those who commit to buying the game will have guaranteed access to an “Elite Officer Pack,” which promises a host of random digital goodies such as stealth uniforms, a Vulcan Science Academy costume for Spock and a Starfleet sniper rifle, among other accessories.

As far as “Star Trek Into Darkness” is concerned,  fans got a taste of what to expect with the nine minutes of the movie that played before Imax screenings of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Paramount earlier released a plot synopsis for the film, explaining vaguely that the crew of the Enterprise would be facing an “unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization.”

– Todd Martens

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