Speaking at the release party for the DVD and Blu-Ray of Star Trek Into Darkness, JJ Abrams has lashed out at the initially-promising-but-critically-panned Star Trek The Video Game tie-in, arguing that it both 'emotionally hurt' him, and was a mistake that he would learn from heading into a new partnership with Valve.
Speaking to GamerHub, Abrams revealed that initially the game was fully backed by Paramount and Bad Robot, but when it began to falter, they pulled their support from it:
The last game, which was obviously a big disappointment to me, was something that we were actually involved with at the very beginning of it - then we sort of realised that it was not going in a place that we were gonna get what we wanted, so we dropped out and they continued to do it...
For me emotionally, it hurt, because we were working our asses off making a movie and then this game came out that got, you know... it's not even my opinion, it got sort of universally panned... it was something that without question didn't help the movie, and arguably hurt it.
Abrams thinks that there's still hope for great licensed Star Trek games in the future despite the game's failure, and hopes that he can in turn make great video game movies with Valve - the director has partnered with the much admired PC developer to create movies based on the Half-Life and Portal IPs.
Would a great Star Trek movie tie-in have changed your position on the movie, for better or worse? Personally, I'm not sure it would've influenced my own enjoyment of Into Darkness if the game was amazing, or as it turned out to be, terrible - and plus, we've already got some great Star Trek gaming experiences that don't have to necessarily rely on the JJ Abrams interpretation of the Trek 'verse.