While the future of Star Trek 4 remains unclear, the story of Star Trek's Kelvin timeline seems set to continue in Star Trek Fleet Command.
Star Trek Fleet Command is a new mobile strategy game revealed earlier this month. The game takes place in the Kelvin timeline of the rebooted Star Trek movies.
Mike Johnson works as a writer on the game's story. In a Q&A on the Fleet Command Facebook page, Johnson teased that Fleet Command would push the story of the Kelvin timeline past where Star Trek Beyond left off.
"The game is indeed set in the Kelvin universe," Johnson says. "It starts just before Star Trek Beyond. Our story will encompass the events of Beyond, and then we'll go... beyond Beyond."
Johnson is a prolific Star Trek comic book writer who already continued the story of the Kelvin timeline crew in the pages of Star Trek Boldly Go. That series was canceled after 18 issues, having always been intended to bridge the gap between Star Trek Beyond and its sequel. Fleet Command likely provides Johnson the opportunity to continue playing in that sandbox without focusing specifically on Kirk and company.
Johnson also wrote the Kelvin timeline comic book series Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, which introduced some new Starfleet cadets. Johnson teases that their stories may continue in Fleet Command.
"Pending their final exam grades, you won't be missing them for much longer," he says.
In Star Trek Fleet Command, players can fight for the Federation, the Klingon Empire, or the Romulan Star Empire. The trailer for Fleet Command included a Romulan D'deridex-class warbird. In the Prime timeline, these ships weren't introduced until the late 24th century. Johnson explains how the events of the three Kelvin timeline Star Trek movies have led to these ships debuting in this timeline's 23rd century, and teases that the D'deridex won't be the only classic Star Trek ships getting a Kelvin timeline makeover in Fleet Command.
"In the Kelvin timeline, after the destruction of Vulcan and with tensions rising, the Romulans accelerated their R & D," Johnson explains. "We will see Kelvin versions of many Prime timeline ships we haven't seen in the films. Is there a favorite ship you'd like to see?"
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Star Trek Fleet Command will release in the App Store and via Google Play on November 29th.