Paramount Pictures andÃ‚Â NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced that actors Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto who starred as Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock in producer and director J.J. AbramsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Star Trek (2009) film reboot, will reprise their roles in the Star Trek video game. The highly anticipated co-op game is set to release in early 2013 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3Ã‚Â and Windows PC.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are thrilled to have these incredible actors, lending their voice to the legendary characters of Kirk and Spock in the video game realm,Ã¢â‚¬Â said LeeAnne Stables, Paramount PicturesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ President of Consumer Products and head of the studioÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s video game unit. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Players are in for a truly authentic experience with the combination of talent we have assembled bringing this action adventure game to life.Ã¢â‚¬Â
In addition to Pine and Quinto, other actors from the 2009 film are depicted in the game including actress Zoe Saldana, in the role of Lieutenant Uhura, Simon Pegg as the benevolent Scotty, Karl Urban as the beloved Dr. Ã¢â‚¬Å“BonesÃ¢â‚¬Â McCoy, John Cho as Sulu and Anton Yelchin as Chekov.
They also go on to revealed that a legendary lizard-like race known in Trek lore as Ã¢â‚¬Å“The GornÃ¢â‚¬Â will play the destructive and villainous role in the video game releasing in early 2013. The co-op game is based on a standalone storyline that continues the adventure of iconic characters Captain James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock as they work together to stop the Gorn, an enemy race bent on conquering the galaxy.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Gorn are among the most iconic villians in the Star Trek universe and their role in this game certainly lives up to that persona ,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Brian Miller, Senior Vice President at Paramount Pictures and lead game producer.Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“Kirk and Spock find themselves in an incredibly challenging amount of mayhem as they confront the Gorn throughout the game.Ã¢â‚¬Â
More than just lizard-skinned foes, the Gorn are a blood-thirsty race determined to conquer the galaxy. A true military dictatorship, the Gorn are made up of billions of self-sacrificing warriors across thousands of colonies, each focused on the conquest of alien races. By utilizing their chaos-causing infectious venom, the Gorn seed mayhem and destruction as they destroy populations and deplete planets of their resources.
“Great villains give our favorite characters a chance to become heroes in the process of attempting to eliminate a powerful threat, and Star Trek fans have been eagerly anticipating the moment when the antagonists of the game would be revealed,” said Carlson Choi, VP of Marketing at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is one of those moments and we couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be more excited to give gamers a glimpse at the challenges that lie ahead for Kirk and Spock.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Gorn range in size and abilities, infecting their foes with venom that can poison, cause hallucinations, and even kill. From the smaller infantry Gorn Rushers, to the larger Gorn Warriors and the massive Gorn Brutes, the Gorn provides a serious direct threat, while the wall-climbing Gorn females showcase the cunning for which this race is feared. Technologically capable and possessing the antithesis of Federation ideals, the Gorn pose a devastating threat to Starfleet, the Enterprise, and its crew.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“There are certain elements at the core of Star Trek Ã¢â‚¬â€œ insurmountable odds, exploration, villains like the Gorn and heroes like Kirk and Spock,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Carlson Choi, VP of Marketing and NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our goal is to pull gamers as deep into the Star Trek universe as possible and an integral part of that is the talent that make these characters their own.”
The gameÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s original story is being penned by BAFTA award winner and God of War writer Marianne Krawczyk in collaboration with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, writers and producers for the upcoming Star Trek film. Built from the ground up as the ultimate co-op experience, the Star Trek video game lets players control both Kirk and Spock in a sweeping journey of epic proportions across unexplored planets and enemy battleships with the latest 23rd century weapons and gear. Kirk and SpockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s complementary personalities result in the most fully realized and varied co-op experiences for this console generation.
Under a license from CBS Consumer Products, Star Trek is being developed by Ontario-based developer Digital Extremes (Bioshock 2, Unreal Tournament, Dark Sector, The Darkness II) with production being overseen by Brian Miller, Senior Vice President at Paramount Pictures and game producer.