As of today the planned free-to-play browser based MMO Star Trek: Infinite Space has been officially canceled by would-be developer Gameforge. Originally announced back in 2010, ST:IS was to be set in-universe during the conflict-filled Deep Space Nine era of the series, starting specifically at the point in the series where the Federation and Klingon Empire were engaging in open hostilities. The game’s story would have moved forward parallel to the series, spinning its own tale in the lead up to and fighting of the Dominion War. Gameforge had even gone so far as to hire former DS9 regulars Nana Visitor & René Auberjonois to provide voice work and master Trek writers/consultants/historians Denise and Michael Okuda to help flesh out the writing.
Admittedly the writing has been on the wall for sometime regarding ST:IS‘s ultimate fate, going all the way back to the cancellation of a planned open beta in late 2011. The company released the following official statement regarding the cancellation:
This marks only the latest trouble to plague the German based Gameforge, with the company having laid off more than 100 people late last year after the cancellation of HellBreed and Mythos. Having had the opportunity to play Star Trek: Infinite Space several times last year at both GDC and E3, I can say the game had some real potential and it is a genuine shame that it will never see the light of day. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for an further developments in this story and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.