‘Star Trek: The Video Game’ new images: The Gorn gone wild

Feb. 28, 2013 | 3:15 p.m.

The Gorn from "Star Trek: The Video Game," which is set to be released April 23. (Paramount Pictures/CBS Studios)

Captain Kirk battled the Gorn, which reflected the special effects of the time, in Episode 18 of the first season of "Star Trek," which aired in 1967. (Paramount)

Captain Kirk dashes past a shuttle in "Star Trek: The Video Game." (Paramount Pictures/CBS Studios)

In the video game, players can choose to be either Spock or Kirk. (Paramount Pictures/CBS Studios)

Spock aboard the USS Enterprise in "Star Trek: The Video Game." (Paramount Pictures/CBS Studios)

Because of the emphasis in "Star Trek: The Video Game" on the friendship between Kirk and Spock, creative director Steve Sinclair has called it a "bro-op" game. (Paramount Pictures/CBS Studios)

The USS Enterprise and the Gorn ship in an image from "Star Trek: The Video Game." (Paramount Pictures/CBS Studios)

We might not know exactly who Benedict Cumberbatch will play in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” but now we know what the Gorn will look like in “Star Trek: The Video Game.”

The highly anticipated title won’t be released until April 23, but new images out showcase the game’s villain, and he’s nothing like the rubber lizard in the belted print romper from the TV show’s “Arena” episode. This Gorn rocks and roars.

“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.

The new “Trek” game, which will have Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC editions, is Paramount’s first plunge into the world of big-budget console video games. The move was announced in 2011 at the E3 convention in Los Angeles.

The intense friendship between Kirk and Spock is part of the “Star Trek” ethos. The game’s creative director, Steve Sinclair, has referred to this co-op game as a “bro-op” game. “That might induce a wince,” wrote Euro Gamer, but the point is contrasting the characters and bringing the camaraderie of a buddy movie to the game.

Sinclair told EP Daily in an interview last year that the game was definitely not a movie tie-in. It’s a “whole original story,” Sinclair says, that “stands on its own merits.”

– Amy Hubbard

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