If you grew up looking for plastic Easter eggs on the holiday, you always hoped you found ones filled with candy, and not empty ones.
Finding Easter eggs in games like Star Trek Online can be equally problematic — there's a non-player character in the massively multiplayer online roleplaying game wearing a uniform from the current movie universe. Does it mean something?
Looks like we now have the answer — and this is an Easter egg filled with candy.
Arc Games has announced it will indeed feature elements from 2009's "Star Trek" and 2013's "Star Trek: Into Darkness" as "alternative timeline" elements in its MMO, just in time for the release next month of "Star Trek: Beyond."
"The sheer destruction from the Hobus supernova has weakened the barrier between our reality and one strangely similar to our own, leaving a strange temporal anomaly in its wake," Arc wrote on its official game blog Monday. "This anomaly serves as a gateway between our universe ... and a quantum universe both similar and different to our own. Inter-dimensional travel between these two realms is now a possibility ... as the crew of the USS Kelvin found out to their dismay."
The Kelvin, of course, was the ship featured in the beginning of the 2009 J.J. Abrams-directed film that was first attacked by the Romulan Nero after he slipped into the past from a period after 2002's "Star Trek: Nemesis." The ship was destroyed when George Kirk rammed Nero's ship, disabling it, and allowing his very pregnant wife to give birth to the character who would eventually become James T. Kirk.
Although Arc didn't provide too many details of the inclusion of the AbramsVerse timeline, including when players might be able to see it. However, it did provide images of both what appears as the Enterprise bridge in current Star Trek films, as well as a shot of the character 0718 — the android-looking non-android played by Joseph Gatt in the 2009 film. 0718 was the character featured in the Easter egg first reported last month by Eliot Lefebve at Massively Overpowered.
"In other words, what we have here is a character who is in completely the wrong universe, but exists in a time period contemporaneous with the exact era that the game's net expansion is going to be covering," Lefebve said at the time. STO's upcoming expansion will allow for some time traveling, as well as some cross-dimensional traveling.
"It's quite possible that he might serve as a not-so-subtle hint about what is coming around the corner, a preview of crossing over with the alternate universe and exploring what that might mean across multiple potential timelines."
Such a move would obviously require participation by Paramount Pictures, which owns the film rights to Star Trek. Everything outside the film universe, including games like STO, are licensed by CBS Corp., which while under common ownership, is considered a completely separate company.
That could possibly lend some more credence to at least one rumor that the new Star Trek series set for a January release could potentially be set in the AbramsVerse, rather than what is now known as the "Prime" universe where the previous television series have been set.
h/t Jody Wheeler