In Star Trek video game (2013), which displays events of the new timeline, Spock told Kirk before mind-melding with a Gorn that it was necessary because Uhura was unable to decipher the Gorn's language. Why was Uhura really trying it when the Universal Translator could do it quickly & successfully?
In the original timeline, the Universal Translator worked on even a non-biological life form which was unable to produce word like sounds. Gorn were intelligent biological creatures who produced word like sounds (as I have seen them talking in the game).
What's the mystery behind this? I asked a similar question, Why couldn't the universal translator be used to communicate with the Klingons? which was answered to say powerful things other than question on universal translator. After seeing the game (AFAIK, its canon), I am suspecting something different.
The data banks of the USS Defiant revealed in the mirror universe that Hoshi Sato invented the universal translator in the prime universe (Star Trek: Enterprise) which happened before the new timeline diverged from the original timeline. So the new timeline should contain the Universal Translator.
Have Star Trek new timeline writers forgotten about the Universal Translator? Or, is there an in-universe canonical answer to the question in the title?