With Star Trek fans getting excited for this summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness, gamers are also being given a chance to spend more time with Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) as well. But instead of a tie-in game for the sequel, Digital Extremes has developed something of an ‘in-between-quel.’

Filling in the time between J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot and this year’s sequel is no small request, so the developers have turned to screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman for story, and game writer Marianne Krawczyuk (God of War, Shank). In the latest trailer, the story being crafted for the game is explored, as well as how it may develop themes for the upcoming film.

It’s not hard to miss how Star Trek will be building off of the first movie’s story – centering largely on the search for a New Vulcan colony. Previous trailers had hinted that a means of ‘salvation’ would become a weapon, and the story trailer helps illuminate the finer points. The Gorn will be playing the villains (although not the same ones seen in the Original Series), and even if they may not be as intelligent or cunning as Into Darkness‘ new villain, they’re apparently out for more than just a good fight.

Star Trek Game Gorn Invasion

With Spock struggling to help his people rebuild after their home was completely destroyed, there seems no better time for an old…friend to arrive. Whether Spock has a romantic history with the female Vulcan scientist set to play an integral role in the game or not, we’re all for seeing more Vulcan interaction (of the non-mind-melding type). If the writing and acting is up to snuff, of course.

Keeping any movie tie-in game from becoming a pale imitation of the source material takes dedication, and thus far, Digital Extremes has said all the right things. The game has been given a good showing at E3 in the past, with intriguing co-op gameplay made all the more enjoyable thanks to co-stars Quinto and Pine bringing their characters to life.

That seems to have been the plan all along, as Namco Bandai also released a look behind the scenes at the actors (and musicians) keeping the Star Trek franchise alive and well on both the big screen and consoles:

Fans don’t have much longer to wait to see if Star Trek is a game worthy of its name, or simply story that continues the film experience with gameplay we expect from a tie-in project. What are your bets as we approach launch? Sound off in the comments.

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

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