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New ‘Star Trek’ game warping to consoles in 2012

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Star Trek - Paramount Digital

A winner at both the box office and the Academy Awards (it nabbed a Best Makeup statue, the first Oscar nod for a Trek film), the 2009 Star Trek movie reboot breathed new life into the 45 year-old sci-fi series. Paramount Digital is hoping a video game reboot will enjoy similar success.

On Friday, the company announced Star Trek, a co-operative action game for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Due out next year, the game puts players in the well-worn uniforms of Kirk and Spock as they try to stop some evil alien race from blowing up the universe, or thereabouts. The details are pretty lacking at the moment.

But don't fret, Trekkers: it's in good hands. The game's original plot -- which "continues the adventure" depicted in the film -- was penned by God of War scribe Marianne Krawczyk alongside Star Trek writer/producers Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman. Gamers can sleep tight as well, as proven game maker Digital Extremes (BioShock 2, The Darkness II) is handling development duties in collaboration with JJ Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, and producer Damon Lindelof.

It's been a while since gamers boldly went anywhere cool in the Star Trek universe. The most recent big release, 2010's Star Trek Online, met with mixed reviews and failed to catch on. Star Trek D-A-C, a 2009 downloadable game, fared no better. Here's hoping the new game beams down a little more fun.

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