Paradox Interactive has announced that its upcoming Star Trek RTS, Star Trek: Infinite, will be releasing for PC and MacOS on October 12.
The Swedish developer has also announced a range of pre-order bonuses for the game, as well as a digital deluxe edition, which includes a digital artbook, the game’s soundtrack, and an in-game music pack featuring famous tracks from across Star Trek history.
Those who pre-order the game will get access to a bonus ship, the U.S.S. Cerritos, as well as crew uniforms from the acclaimed comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks. For the more martially inclined, the pre-order also comes with a new voice line for the advisor of the Klingon faction.
Star Trek: Infinite is an RTS adaptation of the sprawling sci-fi universe first created by Gene Roddenberry in 1964. In Infinite, players will take control of one of the setting’s great galactic powers, guiding every aspect of the faction’s development from diplomacy to warfare.
From trailers and preview material, it’s clear that the game shares a great deal with Stellaris, Paradox’s existing sci-fi RTS. However, this is no bad thing, since the delicate politics, knife-edge diplomacy, and occasional dramatic spaceship battles of Star Trek lend themselves well to the Stellaris formula. Easily one of the best PC strategy games, Stellaris’ sophisticated systems for diplomacy, espionage, warfare, and economics, complimented by a spontaneous events system reminiscent of Crusader Kings 3, all serve to offer a top-notch RTS experience.
Though the similarities between Star Trek: Infinite and Stellaris are so on the nose that the former seems like it could be DLC for the latter, the prospect of playing out your own version of Star Trek history is exciting for fans old and new. According to Paradox Interactive, the game offers “fresh avenues for adventure” encouraging players to deviate from Star Trek canon and blaze their own trails into the future. For those invested in the Star Trek universe, it’s a golden opportunity to make your mark on one of sci-fi’s most beloved franchises.