I still consider Star Trek The Next Generation – Birth of the Federation to be one of the greatest Star Trek games ever made. I was a big Master of Orion 1&2 player so to a play a Star Trek version of that was a dream and suddenly that dream became a reality. I still remember that night in 1999 when I first brought BOTF home. A mate and I were calling every video game shop in my city but all copies were sold out as trekies were all racing to get this game. Finally just before 9pm at night (closing time) we found a place with 1 copy left, jumped in the car and sped over there to get it! I played BOTF nonstop for days, weeks, months! So did my mate as he discovered that if you started the game with the cd you could take it out and still play, so for days he kept showing up at my house to borrow the disc for 20mins haha!
Like many trekies I was devastated when Micropose lost the licence and fell apart ensuring there’d never be a sequel to BOTF. However fortunately in the early 2000s several fan groups decided to take on the mantle of making a BOTF2 sequel. The 2 biggest were the Star Trek Supremacy and Birth of The Empires projects. I religiously followed them though all the 2000s however as the project updates got rather quiet I sadly lost track in the 2010s and just figured the projects had died like so many other great fan projects out there. Recently I decided to investigate to see if these great old BOTF2 projects were still alive after 15 years and much to my surprise and joy, they were! In fact due to a breakup in the Supremacy group now there were now 3 BOTF2 projects out there – the Supremacy project, the BOTF2 project (split from Supremacy) and the Birth of the Empires project. All 3 projects were way more complete then I expected and you can literally play long games as the original races or cool new ones such as the Borg or Dominion in them right now!
Sadly because these projects have sort of disappeared from the limelight over this decade they don’t seem to have quite the huge followings they had back in the 2000s likely because of website moves, forum closures and fans like me just thinking they were dead. To help fix this I decided to make some long detailed tour videos of each 3 projects showing you just how cool and complete they are. If you loved playing BOTF back in the day then I strongly suggest you check out these 3 projects and visit their forums to show your support! There’s not many people left working on these projects so they could use all the help they can get! Feel free to do what I’m doing and offer help to all of them. I’ve been working with both the Supremacy & BOTF2 project guys to added more Remen content to the Romulans (Scimitar & Shock Troop centres etc). They’re all really nice guys and open to suggestions and very open to offers of help. 🙂
Here are the 3 projects:
Star Trek Supremacy Project
The first big BOTF2 project has come a long way over the years and is very fun and stable to play. Play as the Dominion? Yes please!
Link to Project Forum
Link to my tribute page with more pics and info
(Shortcut links to each race/faction tour in video description on youtube page)