Gamasutra is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Gamasutra: The Art & Business of Making Gamesspacer
View All     RSS
May 25, 2019
arrowPress Releases

If you enjoy reading this site, you might also want to check out these UBM Tech sites:

Bethesda Officially Acquires Star Trek License

Bethesda Officially Acquires Star Trek License

January 25, 2006 | By David Jenkins

January 25, 2006 | By David Jenkins
    Post A Comment
More: Console/PC

Officials from The Elder Scrolls developer Bethesda Softworks have announced that the company has acquired the exclusive license to make Star Trek video games across all formats, following unofficial reports to that effect over the past few days.

The move follows the high profile legal confrontation between previous license holder Activision and Viacom, in which Activision accused Viacom of letting the once proud 'Star Trek' franchise stagnate and decay. The disagreement was apparently brought to an amicable conclusion in March of last year, at which time it was implied that Activision would retain the license until 2009.

However, following Bethesda's unveiling of new game Star Trek: Legacy, from Empire Earth II and Star Trek: Armada II developer Mad Doc Software, Bethesda has now confirmed it owns the game license for all television and movie incarnations of the science fiction series.

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.

Star Trek: Legacy, based on all five TV series, will be released on PC and Xbox 360 formats in September. The company also announced a previously unknown title named Star Trek: Tactical Command for the PSP and Nintendo DS portables developed by Star Trek: Starfleet Command developer Quicksilver Software.

Though not specifically mentioned, it appears that Bethesdas acquisition of the license will have no effect on Perpetual Entertainments currently in development Star Trek Online massively multiplayer role-playing game. Many multiformat media licensors, such as Marvel, have treated massively multiplayer online games as a separate issue in the past.

Related Jobs

Dream Harvest
Dream Harvest — Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Technical Game Designer
Insomniac Games
Insomniac Games — Burbank, California, United States

Director, Art Management
Disbelief — Chicago, Illinois, United States

Senior Programmer, Chicago
Disbelief — Chicago, Illinois, United States

Junior Programmer, Chicago

Loading Comments

loader image