E3 2011: Star Trek: Infinite Space News & Gallery AddedTo infinity and beyond. No, really. This space is deep.06.15.11 - 6:56 PM
German publisher Gameforge was nice enough to give me some of their time at E3, and I got a look at their upcoming browser MMO Star Trek: Infinite Space
. Players assume the role of a ship captain, either siding with the Federation or the Klingon Empire, and build their legacy as the game progresses. Set within the Deep Space Nine story arc, the game promises to deliver an authentic Star Trek
experience. To meet this end, the developers are working with Lee Sheldon, a scriptwriter for the Star Trek
TV series, as well as Michael and Denise Okuda, the authors of the Star Trek Encyclopedia.
The game itself is completely free-to-play, with no subscription or software download required. It runs within an internet browser, featuring 3D character models in an interactive lounge area, and a top-down view for the tactical action sequences that make up the bulk of gameplay. Players undertake missions with varying objectives, where diplomacy is sometimes as important as finesse in combat. Taking a cue from games like Mass Effect, the developers implemented dialogue options that require sufficient skill levels to select. In battle, there are multiple control options, and players must work together to take down enemies with their battle abilities. Starships fulfill roles such as defensive vessels, repair crafts, or attack ships, so in a sense, they are similar to traditional MMORPG classes. For those who would rather test their skills against their fellow players, PvP combat is available through use of the holodeck.
Trekkies with an interest in RTS-style gameplay should keep their eyes on Star Trek: Infinite Space when it releases later this year in North America. Don't forget to check out our brand-new gallery - complete with trailer - linked below!