‘Star Trek’ Release Date Announced; Box Art & Pre-Order Perks Revealed

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Star Trek Release Box Art Pre Orders

Considering it serves as a video-game tie-in (and, narratively, a prequel) to J.J. Abrams’s upcoming film Star Trek: Into Darkness, which lands in theaters on May 17, 2013, we had already conceived a pretty narrow window for the release of Star Trek — the adventuring third-person shooter from publishers Namco Bandai and Paramount Digital Entertainment. Today the date was made official.

Namco Bandai and Paramount have announced that Star Trek will be hitting shelves on April 23, 2013 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. The later two platforms, additionally, will be offering the game as a digital download.

To coincide with the confirmation, the publishers also unveiled the official Star Trek box art (shown further below) as well as the list of pre-order perks included in the “Elite Officer Pack,” which can be reserved at any retailer beginning tomorrow:

  • Stealth Pack — Kirk and Spock stealth uniforms, plus Starfleet Type IV Stealth Sniper Rifle and extra ammo
  • Brawler Pack — Kirk leather jacket costume and Spock Vulcan Science Academy costume
  • Kelvin Pack — Kirk and Spock U.S.S. Kelvin uniforms, plus U.S.S. Kelvin Hand Phaser
  • Academy Pack — Kirk Academy Uniform, Spock Officer Dress Uniform, plus Academy Phaser
  • Kobayashi Maru Pack — Kirk and Spock Kobayashi Maru uniforms

We were able to get solid feel for Star Trek’s gameplay during our co-op demo preview at E3 2012, and the extra gear being offered might just come in handy as Kirk and Spock confront the Gorn — the game’s rapacious, resource-ravaging reptilian foes. It’s unclear just how extensive any of the shooter’s progression or equipment elements may be — how, for instance, might the Academy Phaser differentiate from the Kelvin Hand Phaser (aside from the color)? — but a wide array of loadout options would certainly add depth to any team-based, cooperative mission structure.

Star Trek Pre Order Bonuses

As for the box art, it definitely eschews the scorched-Earth, Dark Knight Rises/Inception motifs of the Into Darkness poster for a bolder, heavy-on-sci-fi-action aesthetic. But it’s a necessary distinction. Star Trek may well be a movie tie-in — complete with Paramount logos and reprised roles from film stars Chris Pine (Captain Kirk), Zachary Pinto (Mr. Spock), Zoe Saldana (Lieutenant Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Karl Urban (Dr. “Bones” McCoy), John Cho (Sulu) and Anton Yelchin (Chekov) — but developer Digital Extremes’s central focus is on the dynamic between Kirk and Spock. Our demo even picked up on several witty dialogue exchanges between the two, and the potential certainly exists for a game that’s as big on character and drama as it appears to be on grandiose set-piece action.

Do you think Star Trek, the game, will achieve the same success as its contemporary film-series counterpart?

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

TAGS: Digital Extremes, Namco Bandai, Paramount Digital Entertainment, PC, PS3, Star Trek

  • boogoo

    I’ve been keeping my eye on this game! The cover looks pretty damn cool, if you ask me. The alternate costumes sound great too. Hopefully we’ll be getting some walkthrough videos soon.

  • Carrington S.

    Hmmm I don’t know. Even though the cover looks sweet, I’m having a hard time trusting this game to come out any good like most video game/movie tie-ins. The only one’s that I’ve ever played that have been any good are X-Men Origins Wolverine and Captain America: Super Soldier. I’ll keep an out for this one, though. Maybe the movie will convince me to play the game!

  • Dante

    Will this be a good movie tie-in game? Maybe

    Will this be a good Star Trek game? Possibly

    Is this worth preordering? Definitely Not

    Preordering a Movie Tie-In game is quite possibly the best way to waste money as a gamer.

    (Heck, I’m starting to believe preordering ANY game is a waste)

  • Red

    No PC cover? What non-sense is this!

  • DarthMalnu

    Is anyone else getting a Mass Effect 2 cover vibe from this?… it’s not quite the same, but when I saw this I immediately thought “Mass Effect 2″, followed by “heh heh heh, that means Spock is Miranda”… followed by “what if Spock WAS Miranda?”… followed by some alone time.

  • Ricky Rat

    Um it’s Quinto NOT Pinto. Duh.