Leonard Nimoy, the definitive Spock from the vastly popular Star Trek franchise, tragically passed away on the 27 February leaving many fans heartbroken. When a prominent member of a massive franchise like Star Trek passes away it’s pretty normal for memorials to pop up here and there and this case is no different. Cryptic Studios, the studio behind Star Trek Online, has added in-game memorials to commemorate Nimoy.
Statues of Spock (as portrayed by Nimoy) have been erected on Star Trek Online‘s New Romulus and Vulcan at a fountain where many players gathered after first hearing of Nimoy’s unfortunate passing. Both statues have different inscriptions to represent and remind players of Nimoy. The statue on Vulcan is adorned with the famous words “Live Long and Prosper”, a phrase often spoken by Spock. Meanwhile, the memorial on New Romulus has the words “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” displayed beneath it.
Nimoy is not the only Star Trek actor who has passed away, and Cryptic Studios knows this. The statues on both Vulcan and New Romulus feature a memorial plaque paying tribute to the other Star Trek actors who are no longer with us: Majel Barrett (Nurse Chapel and Lwaxana Troi), James Doohan (Scotty), DeForest Kelley (Bones) and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.
“People will be able to interact with this memorial and read the names, the dates of their birth and passing, and a personal quote where possible,” Stephan Ricossa, the executive producer for Star Trek Online, explained in a blog post. “In this small way, we hope to honour the memory and contribution of those who helped shape Star Trek into the cultural touchstone it is today.”