Star Trek: Secrets of Vulcan Fury is a cancelled adventure game that was in development from 1997 to 1999 by Interplay Entertainment that would have been the third entry in their Star Trek adventure game series, the other two being 25th Anniversary and Judgment Rites.
Like the two previous games, it would have featured the entire cast of “The Original Series“, and would have been written by Original Series writer D.C. Fontana, and directed by Original Series director John Meredyth Lucas. Essentially, like the two previous games, it would have been an interactive episode of the television series.
The game would open with a plot involving the murder of a Romulan ambassador, that would lead into a whole series of stories exploring the backstory of the Vulcan and Romulan races, including why they split into two (something that has not been explained to this day in any Star Trek iteration).
The reason for its cancellation was apparently that the game was far too ambitious. Full Motion Video was in its infancy at the time and the game would have been entirely interactive FMV sequences using clay models similar to Interplay’s Fallout series, with full voice acting, something that was simply too expensive to produce at the time. So the game was cancelled with only five percent of the game complete.
There are claims the entire script was recorded by the Original Series cast, however this is false. The script was never finished, and audio recording never seemed to have went beyond testing purposes. It’s unclear if even the entire original cast would have been able to record dialogue in fact. For example: Deforest Kelly, the voice of Leonard McCoy, was apparently too ill when development commenced, and had to be replaced by an impersonator. It’s unclear exactly how much work was done audio wise, but but it’s likely nothing went beyond testing and some scene rehearsals, and to add insult to injury, all files were accidentally deleted by Interplay, making a revival of the game all but impossible unfortunately
The technology however impressed Paramount Studios, who planned to use it to make a CG-I television series fearing the Original Series cast and characters, but that too was cancelled.
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