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Namco Bandai to publish new Star Trek title

Digital Extremes-developed movie tie-in due early 2013.

The new Star Trek game currently in development at The Darkness 2 studio Digital Extremes will be published by Namco Bandai in early 2013.

The title ties in with the follow-up to J J Abrams' 2009 Star Trek movie, which is due in cinemas on 17th May 2013. However, it will tell a standalone story authored by God of War scribe Marianne Krawczyk.

The game is a co-op adventure which sees players stepping into the shoes of either Captain Kirk or Spock as, according to the announcement blurb, they embark on "a sweeping journey of epic proportions across unexplored planets and enemy battleships with the latest 23rd century weapons and gear."

"Working with Paramount Pictures and Digital Extremes reinforces Namco Bandai Games' commitment of expanding its portfolio to include Triple 'A' Western developed games in addition to its popular and well-respected Japanese Franchises," commented Namco marketing man Carlson Choi.

"Digital Extremes' attention to detail, and the collaboration with Paramount Pictures and the team at Bad Robot Interactive will create an authenticity that is sure to thrill Star Trek fans and gamers alike."

Eurogamer's Oli Welsh got an early look at the game at E3 last year, and came away relatively impressed.

"Star Trek is a breathless cinematic action game for two players," read his Star Trek preview.

"It doesn't have particularly lofty goals either for the games medium or for its source material, but it looks well put together and has a vigorous, no-nonsense approach to co-op dynamics."