Friday, June 25, 2010

Free Star Trek Games Are Coming to Facebook and Internet Browsers

Gameforge, a German online game-oriented company, has announced that it has entered into an agreement with CBS Consumer Products, which will allow it to create free-to-play, browser-based videogames on the Star Trek license. Initially, the company plans to put together a Facebook game and a browser-based one, with the launch date coming at the same time in North America and in Europe.

Until now, it has published games like Metin 2 and Ikariam, which have managed to get more than 100 million users and have been translated into 50 languages.

The first two games will use the original series and the Deep Space Nine setting as inspiration and will allow players to immerse themselves in the science fiction universe and experience the excitement of space exploration and the thrill of meeting new aliens and discovering their agenda.

Ralf Adam, who is the vice president of publishing at Gameforge, stated, “The popularity of Star Trek spans decades and is a testament to the richness and depth of the universe Gene Roddenberry created – at Gameforge, we put the same level of detail and dedication into our games. Honoring the Star Trek legacy and providing the global community with excellent free-to-play browser games is something we are very dedicated to and excited about.”

The new free-to-play casual Star Trek game will have to compete with a similarly built title that uses the well-known Battlestar Galactica license, in its modern incarnation. Those who are not satisfied with Facebook and browser games but love some Star Trek-based gaming can also check out Star Trek Online, the MMO, which is being published by Atari and developed by Cryptic Studios. It combines space ship to ship battles and planetary exploration and allows gamers to play as a number of races from the universe.