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Star Trek Online
Star Trek Online cover.jpg
Developer(s) Cryptic Studios
Publisher(s) Atari
Designer(s) Craig Zinkievich
Series Star Trek
Engine Cryptic Engine[1]
Platform(s) Windows
Release date(s) NA February 2, 2010[2]
EU February 5, 2010[2]
Genre(s) Sci-Fi MMORPG
Mode(s) Persistent world
Multiplayer
Rating(s) ESRB: T
OFLC: PG
PEGI: 12+
Media DVD-ROM, Download
System requirements
Input methods Keyboard, mouse

Star Trek Online, often abbreviated as STO, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Cryptic Studios based on the popular Star Trek series created by Gene Roddenberry. The game is set in the 25th century, 30 years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis.[4] Star Trek Online is the first massively multiplayer online role-playing game within the Star Trek franchise and was released on February 2, 2010.[5]

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Gameplay

According to the official website,[1] each player will be captain of his or her own ship, serving either the United Federation of Planets or the Klingon Empire (after you reach level 6 as a Federation player). It also stated that players will be able to beam down onto the surfaces of different planets "for face-to-face confrontations". Exploration of the inside of starships will, at launch, be limited to the bridge[6] and certain episodes (missions).

The first announcement of the game structure took place at the official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas in August 2008. It was announced that players could play as a Starfleet, or Klingon officer, or can create entirely new races. Adventures will be possible in space, on planets, or aboard ships.[7][8][9][10] Every player will be captain of their own individual ship; in keeping with naval tradition, anyone who commands a ship, regardless of his or her 'actual' rank, is considered a 'captain'.[11] Their ships will have a number of crewmen who will all be NPCs.[12]

According to an interview by GameSpot with Cryptic Studios' executive producer Craig Zinkievich, there will be references to several famous storylines, ships, and characters from various Star Trek shows. One confirmed Star Trek film reference was revealed when Zachary Quinto announced, at the 2009 Spike TV Video Game Awards, that he will be "the voice of Atari's new ‘STAR TREK ONLINE' game". Despite this, Leonard Nimoy is heard for all of the gameplay and exploration voiceover samples with the exception of the LCARS Computer dialog (played by Majel Roddenberry).

A system called the "Genesis System" will allow Cryptic Studios to algorithmically create and add new star systems to the game.[13] Players will be able to explore these uncharted star systems, and might find content which opens up new resources and technologies. Players may find races with various special abilities who can be recruited to the players' crew.[14]

The game will feature two very different combat systems. Away-team missions will feature fast paced "run and gun" combat. Space combat will stress the long-term tactical aspect of combat between capital ships, in concert with the Star Trek storyline, and will entail positioning, shifting power between weapons and shields, and finding various weaknesses.[14]

It will be possible for players to pool resources to form fleets or guilds. Quests will be issued from Star Fleet Command, and players can join together on the ground. Gameplay will be fully co-operative, and dynamic events will be one part of the game. A "system of infinite exploration" will enable players to find and explore random, uncharted planets.[15]

There will be a variety of ship classes which can be used by all players. Playable ship classes will not be restricted based on a player's specialty.[16]

Uniforms can either be created in the character creation phase or via the tailor found on various Starbases. New styles can be used, or, depending on which version of the game you purchase, can have access to more classic uniforms seen on the various TV shows. For example: The Original Series uniforms were available if the Deluxe Digital Edition (DDE) was chosen and can be given to your main character as well as your Bridge Officers. The Mirror Universe TOS uniforms were part of a Champions Online Lifetime subscription plan. The Next Generation and DS9 uniforms were part of the Collectors Edition. The Wrath of Khan "Admirals" Uniform was available with purchase of various Trek DVD's.

Development

Initially, Perpetual Entertainment developed the game from 2004 to 2008 until its bankruptcy in January 2008. The license to develop the game and art assets were transferred to Cryptic Studios; however, the code remained with Perpetual Entertainment and its Perpetual Game Engine.

Cryptic Studios officially announced the development of Star Trek Online on July 28, 2008, as a countdown timer on Cryptic's web site reached zero and the new official site was launched.[17] A letter was sent out from Jack Emmert, the game's online producer, detailing some aspects of Cryptic's approach.[18]

Cryptic originally announced (and since released) a Windows version of STO. During the Las Vegas conference in August 2008, Cryptic announced that there would be neither Linux nor Mac versions for the original launch, though they did not rule out the possibility of later port releases. Console versions were announced several months before the release, with no specific console platform specified, but Cryptic have yet to release any further information.[19]

Star Trek Online was released in North America on February 2, 2010, in Europe on February 5, 2010, and in Australia on February 11, 2010. Customers who ordered the game in advance were able to gain access to the game on January 29, 2010 (before the official release date), via a bonus 'head-start' which was included with pre-order packages.

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Conference in Las Vegas

On August 10, 2008, a conference was held in the Hilton hotel in Las Vegas. Leonard Nimoy and the leader of Cryptic studios revealed the first gameplay trailer, featuring various Federation and Klingon starships in combat with each other and Borg vessels, as well as footage of a Klingon squad boarding a Federation ship's bridge.[20] The release date was not publicly revealed except that it would be less than three years.

Beta releases

Closed beta for Star Trek Online officially began when it was announced on October 22, 2009.[21] Cryptic Studios offered guaranteed beta access to users who bought 6-month and lifetime subscriptions to Champions Online. However, the offer did not explicitly state how early in the beta process the access will be granted.[22]

On November 19, 2009 Cryptic announced that Star Trek Online would exit Closed Beta and begin Open Beta from January 12 to 26, 2010.[23]

Additional content

A content update entitled Season 1: Common Ground includes new ships, maps, missions, and three new skills.[24]

Release

Cryptic Studios partnered with several retailers for distribution of preorder copies. Each retailer had a version with unique and exclusive content, such as a Borg Bridge Officer (Amazon), a classic Constitution Class starship (Gamestop), Chromodynamic Armor (Steam), 500 bonus skill points (WalMart) or a Tribble/Targ pet (Bestbuy). All versions of the game came with access to the Open Beta and Head Start launch date.[25] These are on a limited basis, but may still be found after launch, depending on stock.

In addition, the code for a "Wrath of Khan" Admiral's uniform is included in the DVD release of "The Best of Star Trek: The Next Generation Volume 2" and the Blu-ray release of "Star Trek: The Original Series -- Season 3."[26]

Also, Cryptic partnered with Del Taco to offer codes with collectible cups (Macho size drinks) that come with a Type 8 Shuttlecraft non-combat "pet", as well as two days of trial time per code that allow a total of 10 days of trial play time when a player uses all four available codes.[27]

On Feb 25th, less than a month after the game's initial release, Cryptic announced that they would be reducing the cost of Star Trek Online by $10 and including an extra sixty days of free game time, as a limited time offer that expires on March 3rd, 2010 [28]. This lead to outrage by players who had pre-ordered, forcing Star Trek Online to cancel the promotion early.

Reception

Star Trek Online has received mixed or average reviews, garnering a 65 on Metacritic.[29] GameSpot praised the game's space combat as entertaining, but found the other aspects of the game to be "bland and shallow".[30] An IGN reviewer described the game experience as feeling like "two games" which didn't mesh together well, and although visually it was "quite a gorgeous game", found much of the gameplay to be repetitive in nature, and criticized it for feeling "rushed".[31]

Community

Before Star Trek Online was even released, there was an active community forming on the developer's official website forum.[32] The development team, including the Lead Online Community Representative and the Executive Producer, also post regularly on Twitter.[33][34]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Star Trek Online". Star Trek Online. http://www.startrekonline.com/about_star_trek_online. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  2. ^ a b Welsh, Oli (November 6, 2009). "Star Trek Online out in February". EuroGamer. http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/star-trek-online-out-in-february. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  3. ^ http://www.startrekonline.com/support/tech
  4. ^ "Star Trek Online: FAQ - When does the game take place?". Cryptic Studios. 2009-04-27. http://www.startrekonline.com/faq#15. 
  5. ^ "Star Trek Online". Star Trek Online. http://www.startrekonline.com/node/490. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Star Trek Online". Star Trek Online. http://www.startrekonline.com/node/499. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  7. ^ New Enterprise: Online ‘Trek’, by DERRIK J. LANG, Associated Press via Miami Herald, Sunday, August 10, 2008.
  8. ^ Newsfactor article Barry Levine, newsfactor.com, Mon Aug 11, via yahoo news.
  9. ^ Online 'Star Trek' game coming soon, by DERRIK J. LANG, Conn Post, August 8, 2008.
  10. ^ Star Trek Online Unveiled:First gameplay trailer released, by Charles Onyett, ign.com, August 10, 2008.
  11. ^ Star Trek Online official FAQ, at game website.
  12. ^ Ask Cryptic article, 9/17/08.
  13. ^ Interview with Star Trek Online's Zeke Sparkes (Sr. Game Designer)
  14. ^ a b Interview with Craig Zinkievich, Cryptic Studios' executive producer, By Staff, GameSpot, Posted Aug 10, 2008 2:00 pm PT. (Star Trek Online Q&A - Overview, New Developer, Early DetailsWe sit down with developer Cryptic Studios to discuss this upcoming massively multiplayer online game based on the classic sci-fi universe.)
  15. ^ Star Trek Online out within three years by Rob Purchese, erogamer.net, August 11, 2008.
  16. ^ Star Trek Online: Ask Cryptic, posted by Suzie Ford, cryptic.com, September 17, 2008.
  17. ^ Cryptic Studios Confirmed For Star Trek Online, Gamasutra news, July 28, 2008.
  18. ^ producer's letter, accessed 7/29/08.
  19. ^ Forum thread detailing the Las Vegas conference, accessed 8/10/08.
  20. ^ Gameplay trailer.
  21. ^ "Closed Beta, Here We Come!". Cryptic Studios. 2009-10-22. http://www.startrekonline.com/node/458. 
  22. ^ "Champions Online Special Offer". Cryptic Studios. 2009-08-04. http://www.startrekonline.com/node/330. 
  23. ^ Star Trek Online Open Beta
  24. ^ "Star Trek Online Update - Expanding Universe: Part I Press Release". IGN. 2010-03-12. http://pc.ign.com/articles/107/1077103p1.html. Retrieved 2010-03-12. 
  25. ^ "Star Trek Online". Star Trek Online. http://www.startrekonline.com/retail. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  26. ^ Wallace, Aaron. "The Best of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Volume 2 DVD Review". UltimateDisney.com. http://www.ultimatedisney.com/dvdizzy/startrektng-bestofvol2.html. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  27. ^ ""Star Trek Online Del Taco Promotion"". http://www.startrekonline.com/deltaco. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  28. ^ "Atari's STO Game Details". http://atari.com/games/startrek_online/. 
  29. ^ "Star Trek Online Reviews". Metacritic. http://www.metacritic.com/games/platforms/pc/startrekonline. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  30. ^ VanOrd, Kevin (2010-02-17). "Star Trek Online Review". GameSpot. http://www.gamespot.com/pc/rpg/startrekonline/review.html. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  31. ^ Kolan, Nick (2010-02-17). "Star Trek Online Review". IGN. http://pc.ign.com/articles/106/1069985p1.html. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  32. ^ "Star Trek Online Forums". Forums.startrekonline.com. http://forums.startrekonline.com/. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  33. ^ [1], CrypticAwen on Twitter.
  34. ^ [2], CrypticZinc on Twitter

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