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Browser-Based Deep Space Nine MMO Coming In 2011 153

A publisher based in Germany has announced Star Trek: Infinite Space, a browser MMO based on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The game will be free-to-play, and it's planned for sometime in 2011. "Gameforge also contracted Michael Okuda, who served as scenic art supervisor for every live-action Star Trek series except for the original program, as a consultant. His wife Denise Okuda, who was a video supervisor and scenic artist for several of the sci-fi series' films and shows, will serve as a consultant, too."
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Browser-Based Deep Space Nine MMO Coming In 2011

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  • OH lord (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 29, 2010 @06:27AM (#33732486)

    go pick the worst star trek and make a game of it

  • Re:OH lord (Score:3, Insightful)

    by master_p ( 608214 ) on Wednesday September 29, 2010 @07:33AM (#33732716)

    DS9 really explores that whole personal side of ST well and exploits the "Its the 24th century and we're still having the same old problems" factor.

    And it forgets the sci-fi in the process. At least with TNG we got a glimpse of some sci-fi.

  • by Inda ( 580031 ) <slash.20.inda@spamgourmet.com> on Wednesday September 29, 2010 @07:49AM (#33732798) Journal
    I've played browser based MMOs. All HTML and JS, no plugins, all free(-ish).

    The people with the biggest bank balances always win. This week's hot item is a red shirt of death, only $5, recover your health 1% faster. Next week's hot item is the blue shirt of death, only $6, recover your health 2% faster.

    I played one where the richest player constantly begged the developers to make him the pink shirt of death with 50% health recovery. They sold it to him for $100. Rumour was he spent well over $2,000 to become top-dog.

    I stopped playing at that point.
  • by Vectormatic ( 1759674 ) on Wednesday September 29, 2010 @07:54AM (#33732826)

    Sounds good (the tech part)

    as for the bank balance, i remember being absolutely pissed about the fact that in battlefield 2, people with the special forces expansion could use a sniper rifle which basically was a combo of the best bits of all others, giving them a noticable edge over me.

    i did end up buying the expansion, partially for the improved weapons, but i ended up also really enjoying the extra maps

    But microtransaction for better items will be a deal killer for me too

  • wrong (Score:5, Insightful)

    by arcite ( 661011 ) on Wednesday September 29, 2010 @08:02AM (#33732884)
    DS9 was failing and then along came babylon 5... DS9 copied that genius of a show and invented the incredibly derivative 'arc' of the dominion war (whatever). The DS9 universe is so far from the STNG universe that it is almost in another dimension.
  • by Sycraft-fu ( 314770 ) on Wednesday September 29, 2010 @08:12AM (#33732948)

    For one there's just the problem with browser based MMOs seeming to universally suck. However also the fact that there's a lot of Trekkies is not a good thing IMO. Trekkies, or really anyone over devoted to a given universe/philosophy/whatever have a tendency to get a little dogmatic. Things have to be "right" above all else. Well in a game, that isn't how it should be. Things have to be fun above all else. That can mean some major changes to franchises sometimes. This is something people like Trekkies (ESPECIALLY Trekkies) don't like.

    We'll see what happens, but I remain skeptical till I see the product.

    Also I would direct your attention to Plinkett's review of Star Trek http://www.redlettermedia.com/star_trek_09.html [redlettermedia.com] for a comment on screwing with the Star Trek universe. Namely, that is screwed with itself extensively even before the new reboot. While there are various iconic things (such as how the ships look and the general idea of exploration) it is very much an "anything goes" universe.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 29, 2010 @08:16AM (#33732974)

    Just remember that Nemesis was directed by a trekkie and we all know how craptastic that turned out

  • by zeke2.0 ( 921786 ) on Wednesday September 29, 2010 @10:09AM (#33733966)
    Similarities, yes, copy? No. It was Paramount at the time, before CBS bought them. Trek was always syndicated until the last one "Enterprise". The guy who created B5 is also the guy who created the hit series Murder She Wrote, and B5 was very much along the lines of a 5 year whodunit. Not that that is a bad thing, but DS9 was more about the characters themselves and how the Federation wasn't so 'perfect' as it was portrayed in previous series. Part of the enjoyment I got from the series was how it pissed off all the Trek Nazis, er faithful who felt it betrayed Roddenberry's vision of an atheist Utopian gift based economy. I enjoyed both series. I think the mid to late 90's was sort of the golden age of episodic sci fi. But just like westerns in the 60s, it all got over done, over exposed and the general public got tired of the genre. The low budget crap the gets on the scifi network not with standing. (with the exception of Warehouse 13).

Never buy from a rich salesman. -- Goldenstern