Trek Gaming Enjoying RenaissanceBy Michelle
August 7, 2006 - 9:36 PM
Following a rumour first reported at San Diego Comic-Con, Bethesda Softworks has officially announced that original Star Trek writer D.C. Fontana and partner Derek Chester wrote the scripts for the upcoming Star Trek: Legacy and Star Trek: Tactical Assault games.
"We are thrilled to have one of Star Trek's most prolific and distinguished writers on our project team," stated Todd Vaughn, vice president of development at Bethesda Softworks, in a company press release. "Fontana's involvement underscores our commitment to remain true to the Star Trek vision and provide fans with the exceptional, original and accurate Star Trek games that they deserve."
"I applaud Bethesda Softworks' loyalty to the franchise and I am looking forward to providing fans with memorable adventures and characters, all set in creative, compelling storylines," Fontana said. GameSpot has coverage of Fontana's previous Trek writing and game industry trends that likely led to her hiring.
In addition, Bethesda Softworks has announced yet another planned game this fall: Star Trek: Encounters for Playstation 2, to go along with Legacy for PC and Xbox and Tactical Assault for Nintendo DS and PSP. Screen shots are available here.
According to the web site, Encounters is "a shoot 'em-up arcade style space combat game featuring ships, characters, and weapons from 40 years of Star Trek." Players will have access to ships from every era from Enterprise through Voyager and can use phasers, pulse cannons, photon torpedoes and other weapons. The game can be played in Skirmish Mode, Episode Mode or Multiplayer Mode that will allow both competitive and cooperative play.
And in one final piece of gaming news, TrekCore Gaming has launched the first of a two part video collection covering the award-winning 1996 PC/Mac game Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Harbinger, the first-ever DS9 game for the PC and Mac. It is also the first and currently only game to feature Avery Brooks as Captain Sisko.