The Star Trek: Voyager – Elite Force multiplayer component from Raven Software is re-released for free thanks to a community action coordinated by The Last Outpost LLC, a group of dedicated gamers in the original game. This has been in progress for some time. CBS, which owns the rights to Star Trek and all spin-off games, and the original developer Raven Software granted permission for this type of republication eight years ago.
In a statement to celebrate the announcement, The Last Outpost LLC said:
“2020 is a milestone. The last outpost is 10 years old today, Raven Software celebrated 30 years and Star Trek Voyager: Elite Force turns 20 in September. Eight years ago, Raven and CBS kindly gave us permission to distribute the game’s code and assets.
We at The Last Outpost are eternally grateful to Raven and CBS for their generosity. In honor of our 10th anniversary, we’re giving this gift to thousands of Star Trek fans who grew up with this game and love it as much as we do. “
The game can now be downloaded for free from anyone at holomat.ch and is available for either Windows or Linux. It is a modern port that uses all of the original code and assets, but is suitable for modern computer systems. Only multiplayer mode is included, and unfortunately there is currently no way to buy the entire game including the single player without tracking down an original CD. If this free version piqued enough interest, it could happen across the board.
Here is a highly detailed breakdown of the technical aspects of this new port, including support for modern resolutions, improved mod support, and revised input systems. It’s the kind of care and attention to detail that I would probably have expected from Star Trek fans.
The game itself takes place in the world of the show, but I don’t know if it’s a super faithful adaptation. I can’t remember episodes where the flag deathmatch scenarios were captured. Perhaps this is an allusion to the expansive and colonial tendencies of the federations. I also don’t remember that Riker was ever eliminated from the trailer like this shot, but it could be a nod to one of the other timelines from the TNG episode “Parallels”.
Still, it looks like a fun old school arena shooter. It runs on idtech 3 and definitely has the look and feel of this era of games and more than just a little Quake 3 vibe. It’s known to be difficult to translate Star Trek into a video game in which the show contains so many different levels that it’s difficult for any game to summarize them all. There is action, but there is also drama, strategy, problem solving, diplomacy, intergalactic travel and much more. It is hard to imagine that a game can successfully handle all of these aspects. Perhaps the right approach is to simply take an existing successful template and incorporate it into the aesthetics of Star Trek.
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