Set phasers to stun and get ready to jump back into the original continuity world of Star Trek. Gamesamba , an upstart publisher of free-to-play online video games, has launched a new game called Star Trek: Alien Domain. It makes a pretty surprising return to a relatively obscure part of the original canon universe.
Trekkies may recall various episodes of Star Trek: Voyager where the crew encountered a parallel universe known as fluidic space and its volatile inhabitant, known by the Borg designation, Species 8472.
In the season five episode, In the Flesh, the Voyager crew forms a peace treaty with Species 8472 which contains some of their technology in exchange for a cease fire from the dangerous species.
The new game picks up years after the end of Star Trek: Voyager and reveals what happens when the peace treaty with the species ends and the Klingons get involved. Here's what the publisher has to say about the storyline of the game:
It has been many years since the return of the USS Voyager and the galaxy was first introduced to the extradimensional realm of fluidic space. Species 8472, the violent, xenophobic beings indigenous to fluidic space, returned to their realm after forming an uneasy truce with Starfleet and the Voyager crew, who had turned over one of their nanoprobe warheads as a show of good faith.
Not convinced the truce would last, the Federation and Klingon Empire secretly began researching and evaluating the potential future threat posed by 8472. During this intense period of research, one of Starfleet’s new Fluidic Research Centers detected a strange anomaly within the Alpha Quadrant, similar to the rifts previously created by Species 8472.
Realizing that this was a rare chance to research an active quantum anomaly, Starfleet Command and the Klingon Empire independently sent small fleets to secure the area around it for analysis.
The fleets left from nearby starbases, expecting a simple mission to escort researchers to the anomaly’s location. Little did they know that this was just the latest step in a long-running trap engineered by Species 8472 to better understand the strengths and capabilities of their new Alpha and Beta Quadrant enemies.
The game plays out like any strategy game. You can choose to be a Federation ship or a Klingon ship (I was Federation) and you solve objectives, fight in battles, build power structures and level up as you go.
Fans of the strategy game platform should be able to find plenty of enjoyment with the game. Of course if you're a fan of Star Trek, that wouldn't hurt either.
You can find the game at Gamesamba's website or by going directly to http://startrek.gamesamba.com/ and start playing. While you're at the site, you can also get a lot of interesting information about Fluidic Space and the different classes of Federation and Klingon vessels.
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