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THE NEXT GENERATION’s LeVar Burton Joins STAR TREK ONLINE’s MMORPG

THE NEXT GENERATION’s LeVar Burton Joins STAR TREK ONLINE’s MMORPG

Although Discovery is the first Star Trek series to air in twelve years, the Federation Flame has been kept burning for fans the past several years via the Star Trek Online Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG for short), which made its debut back in 2010. The game is set 25 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, the last canonical adventure in the Next Generation timeline.

Now, after 13 seasons into the game, a member of the original cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation is joining the digital cast as Geordi La Forge. That’s right, actor LeVar Burton is returning to his iconic role, now as a Starfleet Captain. You can check out the trailer for Geordi’s Star Trek Online debut below.

In the game’s mythology, the alliance between the Federations and the Klingon Empire has collapsed, and both sides are once again at war. The Romulans continues to deal with the fallout of the loss of their homeworld  (as shown in J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek reboot), while the Dominion (from Deep Space Nine) rebuilds its forces. The Borg have also returned to assimilate the galaxy.

Captain La Forge will be featured in two episodes of the popular MMORPG game. The first one is set to be released on September 12, as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The second episode will be released in October as part of Star Trek Online‘s Season 14 update.

The first episode, which releases in September is a Star Trek: The Next Generation-themed event titled “Beyond the Nexus.” Players will join Captain La Forge  as they investigate a distress call from a Galaxy class ship — the same designation as the Next Generation’s version of the Enterprise — whose crew is being mind-controlled by a mysterious energy source.

The episode marks the release of a fully realized Galaxy-class interior available for purchase and includes server-wide giveaways to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next GenerationStar Trek Online is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Has the addition of this classic Trek actor made you more interested in Star Trek Online? Be sure to let us know down below in the comments.

Images: CBS

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