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Bethesda Softworks Picks Up Rights to Star Trek Franchise: Two Games on the Way
Break out the Vulcan ears and Klingon dictionaries....
By Nick Arvites 01/25/2006 06:27:29 PST
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Bethesda Softworks, developer of the upcoming Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, announced they have acquired the exclusive rights to develop and publish titles based on the Star Trek universe. Bethesda now controls the rights to develop Star Trek games from any of the show's franchises and these rights are exclusive across all consoles, handhelds, and the PC.

"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."

To sweeten the announcement, Bethesda also announced two Star Trek titles that will be released by the end of the year. The first title, Star Trek: Legacy, is slated for a September 2006 release on the Xbox 360 and PC. Star Trek: Legacy puts gamers in control of a fleet of warships for combat simulations that stretch across the entire Star Trek timeline. To cause Trekkies to further salivate over this announcement, Mad Doc Software, developers of Star Trek Armada II, are working on this title.

Star Trek: Tactical Assault, due out in September for the PSP and DS, is set in the original Star Trek series. Developed by Quicksilver Software, creators of Star Trek: Starfleet Command, Star Trek: Tactical Assault promises a wide array of ships to use in battle through either a Federation or Klingon campaign. However, the most promising feature of Star Trek: Tactical Assault is the planned wireless multiplayer mode where gamers will be able to compete against each other via the wireless modes of both handheld systems.

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