The game is a single-player action game with cooperative gameplay elements allowing two people to control Kirk and Spock.During his E3 pitch, Steve Sinclair described the game's genre as "bro-op". The game doesn't allow players to switch between Kirk and Spock during a chapter, but allows for fellow players to "drop-in" to play alongside co-operatively.
The two characters show different gameplay techniques, with Kirk being the more typical shooter while Spock has stealth techniques and can use both the Vulcan nerve pinch and mind meld. Each are armed with weapons to reflect their gameplay style, with Kirk armed with a phaser equipped with a stun setting, while Spock's weapon is quieter and freezes enemies instead. As the player progresses through the game, they gain experience allowing them to unlock additional settings on the weapons.The Gorn are set to be the enemies of the game, attacking the New Vulcan colony.