Star Trek Online's developers promised last week that they would build an in-game memorial to Leonard Nimoy. As it turns out, they built two.
When the news broke last Friday of Nimoy's passing, Star Trek Online players gathered around a fountain in Vulcan to mourn. Cryptic Studios agrees that's a fitting place for a memorial. They've replaced the central structure in that fountain with a stone statue of Nimoy's Star Trek character Spock. The inscription beneath him reads, "Live Long and Prosper":
New Romulus will also be receiving a similar statue, but with a different inscription: "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." As Cryptic notes, Spock was passionate about reuniting the Vulcan and Romulan peoples. His teachings inspired the creation of the democratic Romulan Republic centered in New Romulus.
Both statues will be accompanied by a memorial plaque that pays tribute not only to Nimoy but other key personalities from Star Trek who have passed away, such as creator Gene Roddenberry and actor James Doohan.
"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," said executive producer Stephen Ricossa. "In this small way, we hope to honor the memory and contribution of those who helped shape Star Trek into the cultural touchstone it is today."
The tribute won't be limited to these two memorial, though. Cryptic says that black flags of mourning will be hung in Earth Spacedock, Qo'noS and New Romulus for the next week.
Other space exploration games will soon be joining Star Trek Online in honoring Leonard Nimoy. Elite Dangerous, which already has a planet called Vulcan, will add a space station named Nimoy Memorial Station. Star Citizen has plans for a tribute as well.