Atari, Inc., one of the world’s most recognized videogame publishers, and acclaimed MMO developer Cryptic Studios, announced today that Leonard Nimoy, the actor who originated the legendary and beloved Star Trek character of Spock more than 40 years ago, has joined the cast of Star Trek Online, the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game ever set in the Star Trek universe.
Nimoy, who recently reprised his role as Spock in 2009’s Star Trek movie, will voice the introduction for Star Trek Online. Nimoy’s voice, known to millions of fans all over the world, will also be heard during key scenes and events in-game.
"I am happy to be involved with Star Trek Online. In this game, the essence of Star Trek – exploration and adventure – lives long and prospers," said Nimoy. "I’m pleased that a whole new generation of fans will be able to discover new frontiers in the Star Trek universe."
"Mr. Nimoy’s participation in Star Trek Online brings the game to a whole new level," said Jim Wilson, President and CEO of Atari, Inc. "When Star Trek fans hear his voice they will know that Star Trek Online truly is part of the Star Trek universe."
Nimoy received multiple Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Spock during the original run of Star Trek in the late 1960s. Besides his on-screen roles in six Star Trek feature films, he directed Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and helped write Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. He has also appeared as Spock in Star Trek: The Next Generation and most recently, starred as Spock in J.J. Abrams’s film Star Trek.