First revealed on the 2021 Recreation Awards, Star Trek: Resurgence is a “narrative journey recreation that includes dialog decisions, relationship constructing, and exploration” set within the yr 2380, the period instantly following the Star Trek: The Subsequent Era films. Now, courtesy of IGN, we have got the debut gameplay trailer, and it is acquired nearly every part you’d count on from a basic five-year mission: An intractable battle between alien races, powerful ethical quandaries, the prime directive, ion storms, and—after all—Spock.
Resurgence is being developed by Dramatic Labs, a studio based by former Tellgame Video games CEO Kevin Bruner and different Telltale veterans, and it appears very very like a Telltale recreation on this trailer: Over greater than seven minutes of gameplay within the video, there aren’t any fewer than six A-B-C decisions which steer the dialog in a technique or one other, presumably resulting in barely completely different outcomes at varied factors alongside the way in which. Resurgence will function two playable characters, with gameplay switching between them over the course of the sport, however will differ from Telltale video games in a single notable manner: It is not going to be episodic, however shall be launched as a single, giant story.
It will be very attention-grabbing to see how this works out. Telltale closed very suddenly in 2018 after what gave the impression to be years of constant success, however an in-depth Verge report into the studio not lengthy earlier than its closure discovered that crunch and mismanagement have been frequent, and a number of sources stated a lot of the studio’s issues arose from Bruner himself. Bruner, who co-founded the studio and took over as CEO in early 2015, stepped down from the highest job in March 2017 and truly sued the company in June 2018 for successfully freezing him out and voting him off the board of administrators.
How Bruner will handle on the head of a brand new studio is clearly a giant query, however so is the character of Star Trek: Resurgence itself. Telltale’s video games have been massive enterprise throughout quite a lot of profitable licences over time together with Batman, Recreation of Thrones, The Strolling Useless, and Guardians of the Galaxy, however the formulation has seen loads of miles. One supply commenting on Bruner’s departure for the 2018 Verge report stated the studio “wanted to interrupt out of the Telltale formulation, do one thing completely different, shock and delight individuals.” Primarily based on this video, Star Trek: Resurgence might delight individuals—Star Trek followers, at the very least—however the odds of one thing completely different and stunning don’t look good.
In the meantime, Telltale itself got here again to life in 2019 beneath new possession and administration, and is now making its own game based mostly on a sci-fi TV present: The Expanse.
Star Trek: Resurgence is predicted to be out later this yr, and shall be obtainable on PC on the Epic Video games Retailer. Extra details about the sport is up at startrek-resurgence.com.