Disruptor Beam, developer behind the mobile title Game of Thrones Ascent, has announced they're working on Star Trek Timelines. They've announced the game with probably my least favorite kind of teaser trailer--"here's the game's logo everybody!"
The game itself is a strategy RPG for mobile and web platforms. Supposedly it will allow you to explore the galaxy alongside characters from all four original series: TOS, Next Generation, DS9 and Voyager. The developers are stressing this is a story focused game that will explore important decisions and moral dilemmas, which in my opinion is what Star Trek did at its best. In a lot of ways this sounds like Star Trek Infinite Space, a similar web game that had the legendary Okudas involved but was sadly cancelled in 2012.
I'm a little bummed that it's only for mobile devices, but after the disastrously bad big budget tie-in game for Star Trek Into Darkness, I'm not surprised they're going smaller with this one. I'm cautiously optimistic, as Disruptor Beam seems to get what Star Trek is about--exploring difficult questions by way of science fiction--which is more than I can say for the J.J. Abrams movies, which were a lot of flash, camp and spectacle but ultimately left me cold.
The game is in early development but hopefully we'll hear more about it soon...and get a more substantial trailer!
DISRUPTOR BEAM SET TO LAUNCH UPCOMING SOCIAL GAME, STAR TREK TIMELINES
Strategy Roleplaying Game from the Developers of ‘Game of Thrones Ascent’ to Welcome Generations of Star TrekTM Fans into the Multiverse
April 8, 2014 (Boston, MA) – Disruptor Beam, the company that brings together fan communities and games, has announced today its plans to produce a new Star Trek strategy roleplaying game (SRPG). Under license by CBS Consumer Products, Star Trek Timelines is a story-driven social game in which millions of fans will build their ultimate starship and crew, while exploring the vastStar Trek multiverse along with their favorite characters from across all eras. Currently in development, Star Trek Timelines will be released across mobile and web platforms in the future. To stay up-to-date on the game’s development, fans can join the Star Trek Timelines Facebook fan page here https://www.facebook.com/startrektimelines or visit www.DisruptorBeam.com.
“We want to create a new generation of strategy game for tablet and mobile devices and one that is as large and deep as theStar Trek universe itself,” said Jon Radoff, CEO of Disruptor Beam. “I grew up watching the franchise and have always felt that the best episodes were those that went beyond the coolness of the technology or vastness of space; the ones which told the story of characters making important decisions that had an impact on others, on civilizations, planets, and technology. Star Trek Timelineswill encompass all of these concepts, allowing you to explore the vastness of space along with your friends—letting you live out the ‘where no man has gone before’ mantra we all love—but will also allow you to make decisions that impact your future, your friends and even the fate of the Galaxy.”
Star Trek Timelines will immerse players through a story-driven journey across the vast Star Trek multiverse including content and characters from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. Players will explore the Galaxy alongside their friends, build their dream crew and go on missions with Captain Kirk, Spock, Captain Picard, Data, and many other beloved (and some infamous) characters. Throughout their journey, players will explore numerous galaxies, planets and distant lands, while interacting with a plethora of technologies, cultures and races. Players will resolve problems through combat, diplomacy and science while building their own resources and creating the ultimate starship! The game will feature all original artwork and 3D graphics throughout.
Disruptor Beam has built a name for itself as a developer which has mastered the strategy roleplaying game genre for mobile and web platforms. The company’s hit Game of Thrones Ascent was first released in spring of 2013 to critical acclaim and the game’s fanbase continues to grow with over 3 million players. Disruptor Beam will exhibit at the upcoming Penny Arcade Expo East (PAX East) in Boston April 11th – 13th.
Additional details about Star Trek Timelines will be announced in the coming months. Stay tuned to www.DisruptorBeam.com for more details.
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About Disruptor Beam
Disruptor Beam is a Boston-area game company that transports the fans of beloved literary and television series into the worlds they love. By linking game content to episodes and books, players become a living member of the world as stories continue to evolve around them. The company's games are accessed through social networks such as Facebook and tablet/mobile devices based on iOS and Android. Disruptor Beam released the first-ever social game based on the hugely popular Game of Thrones franchise, Game of Thrones Ascent, in 2013. The company, founded and led by game industry veteran and serial entrepreneur Jon Radoff, is backed by a group of technology and gaming entrepreneurs and investors. For more information, visitwww.DisruptorBeam.com.