J.J. Abrams' 2009 reimagining of the original Star Trek universe was a critical and commercial success, so it's surprising we haven't seen a licensed property until now. A new game from Paramount Digital Entertainment, coming in summer 2012, follows on from the events which take place in the film.
Cast in the role of Kirk and Spock "for the first time ever" (Interplay's Star Trek 25th Anniversary might have something to say about that) the game is a cooperative action title that challenges the intrepid pair to "stop a legendary enemy race bent on conquering the galaxy."
The plot may sound clichéd, but there's some good pedigree behind both the writing and development. The story is penned by BAFTA winner and God of War writer Marianna Krawczyk, in collaboration with the writers and producers of the new film, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Digital Extremes (Bioshock 2, Unreal Tournament, Dark Sector, The Darkness II) is developing the game.
Star Trek games have had a rocky ride in the past, with a few very good ones (the aforementioned 25th Anniversary, A Final Unity, Elite Force and Star Trek Online), some downright stinkers (Deep Space Nine: Harbinger, Klingon, Borg) and everything in between. The last game to be based on the new movie was the distinctly average XBLA title Star Trek DAC, so let's hope this captures more of the flavor of the series.
Expect the new game on PC, PS3 and 360 next summer.
This article originally appeared on GamePro.com as Star Trek Coming Summer 2012