New ‘Star Trek’ Trailer Features William Shatner Recreating His Epic Gorn Battle

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The stage for Digital Extremes’ movie tie-in Star Trek: The Video Game is set, with new versions of old enemies the Gorn waging war on New Vulcan, and Kirk and Spock teaming up and beaming down to stop them. The Gorn first appeared in a 1967 episode of the original Star Trek series called “Arena”, and though they’ve not returned to the show since, they’ve nonetheless remained popular among fans of the show, in particular because of an iconic fist-fight/rock-throwing contest between William Shatner’s James T. Kirk and a Gorn warrior.

Knowing that the latent popularity of “Arena” is an important part of the hype for the game’s enemies, Digital Extremes have released a new ad (seen above), which features William Shatner playing co-op with a Gorn friend, only to fly into a mild rage after getting killed in-game, and challenge his teammate to a recreation of their epic battle.

Despite Shatner’s insistence that “we’re both too old for this,” the fight is actually slightly more fast-paced and dynamic than in the original episode – the extended awkward grapple/bro-hug is cut down heavily for a start. The costume designers for the trailer have also done an admirable job of recreating the rubber Gorn costume from 1967, unless of course it’s the same costume taken out of storage and dusted off.

The trailer is actually rather light on gameplay footage, with most of the screen time dedicated to the live-action sparring, but we do get some new glimpses at the Gorn and – most importantly of all – a clip towards the end shows that Kirk can actually execute his iconic double ear-slap attack (ranked alongside Bruce Lee’s straight blast and Kung Fu Panda’s Wuxi Finger Hold) in order to free himself from the grip of a Gorn.

Kirk vs. the Gorn

From what we’ve already heard there will be fifteen different types of Gorn enemies to fight in the game, starting with the basic normal/heavy/speedy/leader/boss types, but also including female Gorn (who can change colour to camouflage themselves) and lieutenants that are capable of turning invisible. In terms of gameplay, Star Trek is designed for co-op with Kirk’s set-up geared towards players who enjoy the cowboy approach, and Spock’s abilities favoring stealth and knowledge-mining, with the two play styles contributing equally to progress through the game.

Earlier trailers have promised a mix of different gameplay elements, including cover-based shooting, spaceship battle from the helm of the USS Enterprise, scripted sequences and – a central tenet of the modern Star Trek franchise – characters jumping from irresponsible heights. You can now pre-order the game and receive a series of perks, including different uniforms for Kirk and Spock, exclusive weapons and additional ammo.

Star Trek: The Video Game releases on April 23, 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Source: VG24/7

TAGS: Digital Extremes, Namco Bandai, PC, PS3, Star Trek, Xbox 360


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  1. Pretty funny! Hopefully we’ll see some more extensive gameplay previews soon though.

  2. Actually the Gorn were seen in Star Trek one more time, in the second to last episode of Enterprise (and all tv trek). They were no longer a visual joke, despite the story being a light-hearted return to the “Mirror, Mirror” universe from Kirk’s era. Now they were depicted as more of a cross between a humanoid and a Komodo Dragon. They were shown as fearsome and powerful, but CGI and limited in screen time. They were finally cool though, and genuinely scary for the first time since I was a little kid.

    • In fact, early screenshots seem more constituent with the ENT Gorn than the Rubber TOS one., fortunately!

  3. Wow the trailer is just as bad as the game is.

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