Star Trek Online, the acclaimed sci-fi MMORPG, developed by Cryptic Studios, will be free-to-play in 2011. Players will be able to download and enjoy the game as they like at no cost.

A features matrix, FAQ, overview and various forums can be found on the official Star Trek Online website to better explain the nature of free-to-play to new and existing users.

“In addition to seeking out new life and exploring strange new civilizations, part of our continuing mission for Star Trek Online is to expand and improve,” said Jack Emmert, CEO, Cryptic Studios. “Transitioning to a free-to-play model is a natural way to share all we’ve built with a broader community of players and we couldn’t be more excited.”

Later this year, when Star Trek Online free-to-play launches, anyone can download and play the game for free without purchasing a retail copy or subscription. All players will be able to take advantage of Star Trek Online’s many features for free, from customizing avatars, crews and the very ships they command, to exploring a galaxy filled with intrigue and danger.

Players will also be able to access additional features a la carte through a virtual goods store. Current players can become Gold Members by continuing to subscribe to the game for $14.99 a month. New players can also upgrade to Gold status for a set price of $14.99 per month.

Star Trek Online free-to-play allows players to get into the game and engage the Star Trek universe in a number of ways:

The Universe is Your Only Limit – Play as much as you like for as long as you like at no cost. No subscription is required, nor is payment of any kind required.

Episodic Gameplay – Experience new weekly episodes that feature story-based gameplay and put your captain’s ability to command to the ultimate test.

Your Captain, Your Crew, Your Destiny – Become a captain, seek out new life and new civilizations and encounter hostile beings as you advance to maximum level for free.

Familiar Places, New Experiences – Travel to Starfleet Academy, Deep Space Nine, The First City of Qo’noS and many other iconic locations and notable worlds from the beloved Star Trek universe.

Engage and Explore Your Way – A web and in-game virtual goods store provides players the option of purchasing gameplay upgrades or additional premium content as they like, when they like.

Taking place in the year 2409, Star Trek Online boasts extraordinary features and lets fans both new and old experience unparalleled adventures within the Star Trek universe. Players have the opportunity to become high-ranking Starfleet officers and participate in missions structured like episodes that take them into the depths of space, across exotic planets and inside other starships. All players are invited to explore strange new worlds and encounter new life in a vast, ever expanding universe!

To learn more about Star Trek Online free-to-play, please visit: http://www.startrekonline.com/f2p

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  1. Gomez on September 8, 2011

    This Star Trek game represents the future civilizations. How come that in such a distant future the quests are given from the same old boring NPCs with ” ! ” over their heads?

    • Essedess on September 11, 2011

      If it aint broke don’t fix it? 🙂 i like the big ! and ? God knows i love megaten but haveing to talk to every npc to hunt for quests is kinda annoying, i wish they had “!” in that one 🙂

  2. dakan45 on September 8, 2011

    OMG, ITS STAR TREK ONLINE,thats who cares about this game, name ONE game that is as complete to tis famous universe as this.

    Dont answer that kid, you have no idea what star trek is, its before you were born.

  3. Stacy Raven on September 7, 2011

    I’m really looking forward to this game! Though I really wish they would have provided an ETA for the release date for the Free to Play members. Or at least a rough estimate for the F2P beta.

    I’ll be excitedly awaiting more information on this game and when we’ll be able to play! 😀

  4. kaotics on September 7, 2011

    “Current players can become Gold Members by continuing to subscribe to the game for $14.99 a month.”

    I do care and just wondering what the lifetime subscribers will get…?
    They’re current players but don’t pay a monthly fee, so how about a free VIP membership for them…

    • Stacy Raven on September 7, 2011

      From what I can tell from their website, the Lifetime Subscribers get upgraded to Gold Membership. Nothing really changes for them. They still play for free forever under their Gold Membership status.

  5. Stacie on September 6, 2011

    I wonder how this game is. Every mmo forum trashes it, but it’s not as bad as FF14 is it? Is that even possible?

  6. zenyth on September 6, 2011

    who cares about this game >.>

    • Viciouss on September 6, 2011

      What? did I hear stfu no one cares about your opinion? thats right dipshit go some where

    • StevenCrux on September 6, 2011

      Let me guess, you either A. Haven’t played it or B.Are pegging Star Trek as “nerdy” like so many people, therefore feeling “cool” for making your comment.

      So before you say “Who cares about this game?”** Maybe look at the fact they have a large Playerbase, it’s made by cryptic, now owned by PerfectWorld and able to switch to a free-to-play model.

      when it goes F2P try it, see how great it is, then gtfo my internet.

      • Exin on September 7, 2011

        agreed

      • Viciouss on September 8, 2011

        I played the trial when it first was out and it was pretty good I have not played it since cause I’m not into p2p games but I’m sure it got a whole lot better can’t wait

    • Stacy Raven on September 7, 2011

      A lot of people do. Just because it’s not YOUR cup of tea doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of other people who want to play it. That’s the cool thing about being human – we all have different tastes and preferences. It would be a boring world if this weren’t the case.

      So STFU and go away you nasty troll, your bridge misses you.

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