Whether you love or hate J.J. Abrams’ take on the Star Trek universe, the new timeline offers plenty of narrative potential simply by allowing a fresh take on familiar events and characters. Abrams’ first film didn’t really live up to that potential, but the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness looks like it might just get it right. If nothing else, it should give us a larger view of the new timeline’s Trek universe, a prospect that can also be said for the upcoming video game spin-off.
Set between Abrams’ two Trek films, the game is an in-canon adventure that lets players take the role of Kirk and/or Spock as they get wrapped up in an adventure involving the surviving Vulcans and some classic Trek baddies: the lizard-like Gorn. Unsurprisingly, game developer Digital Extremes took the opportunity to reenvision the Gorn as a foe more impressive than the Original Series’ dude-in-a-rubber-suit look. Now they’ve released a short behind-the-scenes look at the new-and-improved Gorn fans will be phasering the hell out of next month.
Star Trek: The Video Game releases April 23rd for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.