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Bethesda to produce two new Star Trek games

Posted by: Chuck at 1/25/2006 10:59 PM
In news that has raised my friend Shelby's nerd status to on red alert, Bethesda Software has announced that they are developing two new games based on the Star Trek franchise in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the series.

Star Trek: Legacy for the Xbox 360 and PC, will allow you to assume to take control of a fleet of warships and engage in various battles in realt time combat with authentic ships from all of the major trek franchise. 

The second game is Star Trek: Tactical Assault is being developed for the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS, and will feature real time ship combat set during the timeframe of the original Star Trek series. 

Both titles are slated for release in September of this year and should provide Trekkers with a much needed dose of franchise goodness


BETHESDA SOFTWORKS OBTAINS

STAR TREK LICENSE AND ANNOUNCES TWO GAMES

Legacy and Tactical Assault to be Released on Next-Gen Consoles, Handhelds, and PC

(Rockville, MD) January 24, 2006 ¾ Bethesda Softworks® today announced it has secured the rights from CBS Consumer Products to publish a series of Star Trek games on all gaming consoles, handhelds and PCs. Bethesda has two titles slated for release this year to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the epic series – Star Trek®: Legacy for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC, and Star Trek®: Tactical Assault for Nintendo DS™ and Sony PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable). Bethesda’s rights cover the entire Star Trek series and are exclusive to all consoles, handhelds, and the PC.

Star Trek: Legacy places you in the role of the Admiral of a task force of warships, which you control in small and large-scale battles. Test your strategic and tactical skills in real-time combat featuring authentic spaceships, full damage modeling, and spectacular visual effects. The storyline in Legacy spans the entire Star Trek Universe, including the Original Series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise eras. Star Trek: Legacy will be released on Xbox 360â„¢ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC this September.

 
Taking advantage of next-generation consoles, Star Trek: Legacy features dynamic three-dimensional battlefields with graphically stunning space environments filled with fully realized nebulas, wormholes, planets, and stars. With full multiplayer support, you will be able to choose from small-scale engagements to all-out war involving multiple star systems in addition to tracking stats and player rankings. Star Trek: Legacy is being developed at the studios of Mad Doc Software, creators of the highly successful and critically acclaimed Star Trek Armada II.

“Being able to work with the entire universe of this beloved series is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us,” said Todd Vaughn, vice president of development for Bethesda Softworks. “We have some great ideas about where we want to go with this license and having the exclusive right to develop and publish Star Trek games across all platforms ensures that every Star Trek game will be a quality game worthy of its name.”

Star Trek®: Tactical Assault, in development for handheld gaming systems, features real-time spaceship combat from the universe of the original Star Trek series. With a wide array of authentic Star Trek races, ships, and weaponry, you can engage in single-player battle through either the Federation or Klingon campaigns or in head-to-head wireless multiplayer combat. Star Trek: Tactical Assault is being developed in the studios of Quicksilver Software, creators of the highly popular Star Trek: Starfleet Command.

Both the Federation and Klingon campaign modes feature real-time combat with branching missions and multiple outcomes. With a multitude of paths to choose from, you will decide the ultimate outcome of your campaign. Wireless multiplayer mode allows you to test your skills and tactical maneuvers against those of your friends. Successful gameplay relies on strategic movement and effective use of a ship’s weapons and shields. Star Trek: Tactical Assault is slated for release on Nintendo DS™ and PSP™ this September.

About Bethesda Softworks
Headquartered in Rockville, MD, Bethesda Softworks LLC, a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media Inc, is a premier developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software and has produced numerous award-winning titles, most recently with the 2002 PC and Xbox® Game of the Year and RPG of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrrowind®.  Among Bethesda’s more popular franchises are The Elder Scrolls® series and Fallout®, as well as its licensed properties, Pirates of the Caribbeanâ„¢ and Star Trek®. Its product line spans the sports, racing, RPG, strategy, and action genres. For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com.

About Mad Doc® Software, LLC

Mad Doc® Software, LLC (www.maddocsoftware.com) consists of game industry veterans with experience in every aspect of game development. An emerging force in the industry, Mad Doc was founded in 1999 by Dr. Ian Davis with the goal of developing AAA titles that expand the game playing experience and broaden the market through creative use of new Networking, Graphics, and AI technologies, Massachusetts-based Mad Doc team members are responsible for over ten million units in the game market worldwide, earning the acclaim of players, critics, and publishers alike. Copyright 2005 Mad Doc® Software, LLC. All rights reserved. MadAI is a trademark of Mad Doc® Software, LLC. All rights reserved.

About Quicksilver Software, Inc.
Quicksilver Software, Inc. is a developer of premium software products for PCs, handheld and mobile platforms. The company has developed many top-selling PC game titles, including Castles™, Conquest of the New World™, Star Trek®: Starfleet Command™. The company is also active in the mobile gaming market, and recently released a licensed sports title for 3D-enabled phones. Quicksilver was founded in 1984 by a team of former Mattel Electronics game developers.

About CBS Consumer Products
CBS Consumer Products, a unit of CBS Enterprises, manages the worldwide licensing, merchandising and video activities for a diverse slate of properties owned or controlled by the CBS Corporation.  Additional information is available by visiting www.CBS.com.