June 16, 2014 1:26pm PT by Graeme McMillan
New 'Star Trek' MMO Game Teased by Developer
While the movie incarnation of the franchise has gone back to the very beginning, the tease for an upcoming online MMO suggests that Star Trek may not have abandoned its future after all.
In a press release issued Monday by NGames, the company teased a return of Species 8472, an officially-unnamed alien race that debuted in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Scorpion”. The as-yet-untitled game will send both Federation and Klingon ships into the unexplored “fluid space” of Voyager mythology, with both sides fighting for control of the newly discovered territory and having to deal with attacks from Species 8472.
Players will be able to play as either Federation or Klingon forces, with the release promising that “players [can] build a variety of starships and create immense fleets to take into battle,” including Constitution-class, Defiant-class and the Klingon Bird of Prey will all be available. The game will be free-to-play.
Despite the 23rd century focus of the Star Trek movies, the post-Next Generation era of the 24th century has remained active in spin-off novels and the current Star Trek MMORPG, Star Trek Online. Whether or not the NGames release means that STO — developed by Cryptic Studios — will be discontinued is unknown.
NGames promises more news on the new game “in the coming weeks.”