Remember lifetime subscriptions to MMORPGs? They were a way to get you to pony up a huge chunk of cash up front -- around two years' or so worth of sub fees -- so you wouldn't have to worry about subscription fees ever again.
We don't see them around much more for a few reasons: One, most games are free-to-play and people resist paying for a sub; two, people generally lost confidence that a game, or their interest in it, would last long enough to justify the cost; and three, there were often enough other fees, microtransactions, and the like to make a "lifetime subscription" much less of a good deal than was initially pitched.
Star Trek Online's been around for eight years now, most of it free-to-play, so it's at least got the longevity issue solved. With all its loot boxes, though, you might feel a little iffy about that last part. Nonetheless, Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios still offer a lifetime sub to the free-to-play game, and that sub is cheaper for a limited time.
From now until April 5, the cost of a lifetime subscription to Star Trek Online will be $100 cheaper, down to $199.99 from its usual price of $299.99. That gets you access to all three factions, playable Talaxians and liberated Borg characters, nine exclusive spaceships, and access to the members-only area the Captain's Table. You'll also get a unique Lifetime Badge costume piece and title, Career Officer -- and, of course, the freedom to never have to worry about your sub running out again.
About the Author
Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.
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