updated 1/25/2006 7:40:35 PM ET 2006-01-26T00:40:35

The "Star Trek" series, now relegated to video rentals and television reruns, plans to beam up some new video games later this year.

In an exclusive licensing deal announced this week with CBS Corp.'s CBS Communications Group, Bethesda Softworks LLC will publish Trek games for consoles, handheld systems and personal computers. Terms weren't disclosed.

Rockville, Md.-based Bethesda's first title will be "Star Trek: Legacy," where gamers can orchestrate space battles as a Starfleet admiral. A second game for handheld systems will let players control either Federation or Klingon forces.

Both are scheduled for release in September to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the franchise that introduced pointy-eared Vulcans and photon torpedoes.

It's been a rough time lately for the venerable sci-fi series, which hasn't had a new show since the "Star Trek: Enterprise" was canceled last year.

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