All Five Captains To Voice 'Star Trek: Legacy'By Michelle
August 15, 2006 - 7:34 PM
William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew and Scott Bakula will each record the voices of their respective Star Trek characters for Star Trek: Legacy, the first time all five captains have participated in a single project.
Bethesda Softworks, which will release the new game this fall, announced that Captains Kirk, Picard, Sisko, Janeway and Archer would all be voiced by the actors who played them on television for the upcoming game, quoting Shatner as saying, "I am delighted to have the chance to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek with my fellow captains by providing our voices to Star Trek: Legacy...Bethesda Softworks has done an excellent job in creating an exciting game that stays true to Star Trek’s roots and accurately incorporates elements from each series."
The game is being developed for both the Xbox 360 and for Windows to celebrate the franchise's upcoming anniversary of its first televised episode. "We are absolutely thrilled to have the five actors who portrayed the Star Trek captains take part in this project," said vice president of development Todd Vaughn, who said that the use of the original actors' voices "emphasizes our commitment to provide fans with the most authentic Star Trek experience possible."
Screen shots of Legacy, in which a player takes on the role of an admiral commanding a fleet of warships, can be found here on Bethesda Softworks' web site. Developed by Mad Doc Software, which also created Star Trek: Armada II, the game's storyline spans every generation of televised Star Trek. A complete overview of the game may be found here.
Shatner told Reuters that he hoped games could help revive the Star Trek franchise, saying that his own next generation - his grandson - has been trying to teach him to play. "The interest in 'Star Trek' has waned in the last couple years...it's been around a long time," he said. "It's a staple of American life and I think we need something new and different in 'Star Trek.'"