Thursday, April 23, 2009

Star Trek: D-A-C Official Information

Paramount Digital Entertainment (the companies new video games division) has released a press release that provides some information on the upcoming tie-in video game for Star Trek. Sadly, what D-A-C stands for remains a mystery. Screenshots of the game can be found here. The game screens remind me of the Star Trek: Armada games from about 7 years ago.
LOS ANGELES – April 23, 2009 – Paramount Digital Entertainment, Bad Robot Interactive, CBS and Naked Sky Entertainment today announced the launch of Star Trek®: D-A-C, coming to Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft this May, and to PlayStation®Network and Windows PC shortly thereafter. Inspired by the upcoming “Star Trek” movie from Paramount Pictures, Star Trek: D-A-C is a fast-paced, top-down space shooter where players take the captain’s chair and engage in intense online multi-player or co-op battles. Pick up and play, then lead your team to victory.

“The upcoming ‘Star Trek’ film has ignited interest among a new generation of fans as well as longtime fans of the original,” said Tom Lesinski, President Paramount Pictures Digital Entertainment. “With that same goal in mind, Star Trek: D-A-C was designed to appeal to ‘Star Trek’ fans and gamers alike. The pick up and play arcade-style game play lets fans take the command and boldly go!”

Star Trek: D-A-C allows fans to directly control a variety of ships and pitch battles between Starfleet and the Romulan Empire. Up to 12 players can compete in thrilling team combat. There are three game play modes - single player, online multiplayer and online co-op. For each mode, there are three different game types - Team DeathMatch, Assault and Conquest. Players can choose from three ship types for each faction, including the new U.S.S. Enterprise featured in the “Star Trek” film. Each ship – the powerful Flagship, the nimble Fighter and the devastating Bomber – offers its own unique capabilities for players to master and manipulate as they fight for victory. In addition to featuring the new U.S.S. Enterprise, Star Trek: D-A-C incorporates music and signature sounds taken directly from the new “Star Trek” film.

D-A-C is scheduled to launch May 2009 for the Xbox LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360, and for the PlayStation Network and Windows PC shortly thereafter. It is rated “E” by the ESRB.
The game will be released in May with a price point of $10 (or 800 Microsoft points) on the XBox Live. Shortly after (probably a week if history is a guide), it will be released for the Playstation Network and PC.

So to summarize the game:
- Arcade space shooter
- Option to play as Starfleet or Romulan Empire
- Each faction has three ship classes with specific capabilities: Flagship, Fighter, and Bomber
- Single player, online multiplayer (12 players total) and online co-op modes
- Team deathmatch (kill all on the other team, assault (take or defend a sector) and conquest play options (take and hold "control points").
- Power-ups and upgrades will be available to turn the tide of battle
- Uses designs, music and special effects from the new movie.

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