You've got to feel sorry for Star Trek fetishists - and not just in the "never going to have sex with [nice looking] girls" sense. Not only do they still represent the enduring face of unnerving geek fanaticism for the vast majority of the population, despite having kept a low profile for several decades, but their beloved franchise is in a truly woeful state. The recent movies and TV series have flopped like Shatner's six-pack, and all attempts to revive the series now hinge on Mission: Impossible III director J.J. Abrams and his Starfleet Academy movie, starring a young Kirk and Spock.
Yes, even Star Wars fans can afford to look up from their boxes of worthless prequel trinkets to snigger at the perennially unfashionable Trekkies.
Recently, however, there has been a flickering beacon of hope for the beleaguered Trek fanbase. Star Trek Legacy was to be a game that brought the shiny shiny magic of next generation gaming to the bridge of the Enterprise, tying together all five TV shows (plus the early movies) into one centuries-spanning epic story.
Ubisoft has extended its cosy little publishing love-in with Oblivion makers Bethesda to cover the latter's forthcoming Star Trek games for PC, Xbox 360, PS2, PSP and DS, with games for each due out here this December.
With William Shatner having blown the lid on the old-days Trek captain's involvement in Star Trek: Legacy, Bethesda Softworks has now revealed that all five of the series' captains will actually be involved.
Just last week we brought you the news that a new Star Trek game is in development for the Xbox 360 and PC - and now it's been officially confirmed by Bethesda Softworks.
Star Trek: Legacy sees you playing as an Admiral in charge of a load of warships, fighting it out over both small and large scale battles. The storyline covers time periods from the original series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, and you can expect real time combat in "dynamic three-dimensional battlefields." The game's multiplayer mode will let you fight small battles or go for all-out war, and you'll be able to track player stats and rankings.
And that's not all Bethesda's planning. Also in development is Star Trek: Tactical Assault for PSP and Nintendo DS, which also features real-time combat but concentrates on the era of the original Star Trek series.