‘Star Trek: The Video Game’: Meet the Vulcans in new images

March 12, 2013 | 5:10 p.m.
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The Enterprise and a Gorn ship in a scene from "Star Trek: The Video Game." (Paramount)

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The bridge of the Enterprise in a scene from "Star Trek: The Video Game." (Paramount)

Two new Vulcan characters will make their debut in “Star Trek: The Video Game,” and both of them have connections to Mr. Spock, the pointy-eared half-Vulcan made famous by Leonard Nimoy.

Paramount on Tuesday released images of the new Star Trek characters — a beautiful scientist named T’Mar, who was a childhood friend of Spock and “plays a prominent role” in the game, and her father Surock, a Vulcan leader and one of Spock’s mentors.

Though the highly anticipated game — Paramount’s first foray into big-budget video games — comes out less than a month before J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness,” the story in the game stands alone. And unlike the movie sequel, in which the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s villain remains mysterious, the game’s nemesis is known: Kirk and Spock will face off against the Gorn, a ruthless reptilian race who made their first appearance in the “Arena” episode of the original “Star Trek” television series.

A Gorn in a scene from "Star Trek: The Video Game." (Paramount)

A Gorn in a scene from “Star Trek: The Video Game.” (Paramount)

In the game, penned by “God of War” series veteran Marianne Krawczyk, Spock and his headstrong comrade James T. Kirk (the game’s two playable characters) are summoned to help rescue a mysterious space station, where they meet T’Mar, the station’s captain.

“Her blend of incredible intelligence and unexpected beauty prove intriguing to Kirk,” said Brian Miller, a senior vice president and executive producer for Paramount, in a statement.

T’Mar joins Spock and Kirk as they travel to New Vulcan — a planet colonized by Vulcans after the destruction of their home world in Abrams’ 2009 “Star Trek” — where they meet up with Surok, one of the sole survivors of a Gorn attack on New Vulcan. Surok and T’Mar help Kirk and Spock uncover more about the Gorn and a dangerous machine they’ve stolen, called the Helios Device, according to Paramount.

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“When we crafted this story we wanted to make sure the player realizes that the usually logical Spock can have very emotional connections to the ones he cares about,” Miller said.  “Surok was one of Spock’s childhood mentors and is also T’Mar’s father. Together, they are helping to lead the colonization of New Vulcan.”

Spock on New Vulcan in a scene from "Star Trek: The Video Game." (Paramount)

Spock on New Vulcan in a scene from “Star Trek: The Video Game.” (Paramount)

Knowing that the game would become canon in the new “Star Trek” universe proved a motivating factor in creating the new characters, Miller said.

“We had an amazing opportunity to introduce new characters that are integral to the plot of our game,” Miller said. “We had a great responsibility to get these new characters right, and to make them exciting and meaningful to players. … For those eager to dig deeper into a robust story, we hope it’s an adventure that will excite both longtime fans and game enthusiasts alike.”

Returning U.S.S. Enterprise characters include Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Chekov and Sulu. The game, due out April 23, will be available for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, though there’s been no word yet about a Wii U edition. Click through the gallery above for a look at the game images released so far and let us know what you think in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark


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One Response to ‘Star Trek: The Video Game’: Meet the Vulcans in new images

  1. @ryandonnell says:

    It is odd that Namco would wait to port it to Wii U unless they are trying to develop some functionality with the GamePad

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