Add another one to the list of F2P MMOs:
Massively have spotted a statement on Seeking Alpha by the CEO of Perfect World, owner of Cryptic studios, that Star Trek Online will go free to play before the end of the year. Champions Online, Cryptic’s other MMO, went free to play in January, so it comes as no surprise that its sister game has followed suit. CEO Kelvin Lau said that he felt the free to play model had ‘bigger potential’ in both the US and Chinese markets.
Sadly the statement contained no information Star Trek will follow Champions in using Steam’s new free to play system or continue with its own payment model.
[NX-91001 Exploration vessel; Commissioned: 2409
A starship designed to carry Federation influence throughout the Alpha Quadrant and beyond, the NX-91001 is one of the first multi-role starship designs since the Sovereign class was commissioned in the early 2370s. Able to function as a deep-space explorer with extensive sensors and laboratory facilities for scientific research, the NX-91001 also is outfitted as a heavy cruiser armed with some of the latest in Starfleet weapons technology for deployment in hostile areas.
The NX-91001 contains the best of the new technologies developed in the past 40 years. Bioneural circuitry mimics organic neurons, speeding data functions and improving computer performance. An advanced sensor pod can be operated from the bridge or manned directly for intense sweeps, and includes telemetric observation VISOR technology to allow a science officer to interface directly with data transmitted by a robotic exo-probe.
A holoemitter array system allows Emergency Medical and Emergency Command Holograms to operate throughout the ship when needed, and the ship is equipped with a Class 10 warp drive for normal operation and an advanced hyper impulse drive for sublight operation. The Class 10 warp drive is equipped with an advanced quantum sublimating theta-matrix compositor which recrystalizes the ship’s dilithium into a much more stable form than earlier models. This allows the NX-91001 to go much longer distances at high warp velocities before needing to replace the crystals.
Defensive systems of this starship are based on significant advances in Federation technology. The starship features an ablative tetraburnium alloy hull, which allows it to withstand greater amounts of heat and pressure than any previous design, and regenerative shields on the NX-91001 can adapt to enemy weapons fire during a battle. The ship also carries a full suite of offensive weapons, including 16 Type XIV phaser arrays, eight torpedo launchers and several other weapons. Note: Because of the recent conflicts, the complete weapons configuration of the NX-91001 is classified.
Overall Length: 692 meters
Overall Draft: 92 meters
Overall Beam: 253 meters
Displacement: 3,200,000 metric tons
Class 10 Warp Drive
Hyper Impulse Drive
Ablative Tetraburnium Alloy Hull
Embarked Craft (Typical):
3 Shuttle Bays
10 Shuttlecraft (various classes)
10 Shuttlepods (various classes)
Cruising: Warp Factor 8
Maximum: Warp Factor 9.985
Holoemitter Trans-Deck Array System
Holographic Consoles and Astrometric Laboratories
16 Type XIV Phaser Arrays
4 Forward and 4 Aft Torpedo Launchers (Payloads Classified)
Additional Weapons Classified
FiringSquad has learned that publisher Bethesda Softworks, the current owner of the video-PC game rights to the Star Trek franchise, will not be publishing a game based on the upcoming J.J. Abrams directed Star Trek movie. Company spokesperson Pete Hines confirmed this news with FiringSquad today.
Hines also stated that Bethesda Softworks’s sister company, the new MMO based developer ZeniMax Online Studios, will not be taking over the development of Star Trek Online.
When asked if Bethesda Softworks was going to continue publishing Trek games or if it would let its current license expire, Hines only told FiringSquad cryptically, “TBD.”
Why can’t a company figure out that if a GOOD Star Trek game was built that it would sell? Can anyone NOT figure out how to make a game in the Star Trek universe? Has there even been a good Star Trek game??! Ok.. perhaps the old Arcade version… maybe. Or the old school computer BASIC version.
Hmmm.. perhaps I should make an web based version of the old BASIC Star Trek game. Would anyone play it?
Looks like there’s more money. It’s up to: $ 3,125,626.04
Remind me to make a Sci-Fi TV show, and get a huge fan base, then drop it.