Star Trek: The Video Game turned out badly. But don't think J.J. Abrams doesn't care.
He cares. In fact, during a recent GamerHub.tv interview , he said he was emotionally impacted by t he game's failure. Basically, he called it a "big disappointment" and in fact, he thinks it actually hurt the film.
"The last game, which was obviously a big disappointment to me, was something that we were actually involved in at the very beginning of it, and then we sort of realized that it was not going in a place where we were going to get what we wanted, so we dropped out and they continued to do it despite…you know…"
He said that because the title was universally panned, it couldn't possibly have helped the movie, "Into Darkness," and that it might've taken away potential ticket sales. Abrams also acknowledged that most games based on movies (and movies based on games) don't do very well, and that most gamers just see such projects as cash-in marketing endeavors:
"I think the thing that we all know, anyone who loves video games and loves movies: Very, very rarely does a movie based on a game, or a game based on a movie, really work. It usually ends up being something that everyone who goes to see or goes to play feels like this was a marketing decision made by a room full of people who wanted to capitalize on a title. That's no way to make a game and no way to make a movie."
Well, at least he understands that. So, maybe the next time he sets out to collaborate on a video game, he'll know what to look for and what to avoid. The game in question really was bad; there's no getting around that. But maybe Abrams can just file it away as a learning experience.
Related Game(s): Star Trek: The Video Game