The lights are on
Last year Cryptic publicly said that it was considering making Star Trek Online free-to-play like its Champions Online, and now Cryptic's parent company, Perfect World, has decided to make it so.
Gamasutra reports that during a financial conference call, Perfect World CFO Kelvin Lau unveiled Star Trek Online's future. "When Perfect World acquired Cryptic, one of our contributions was to share our free-to-play experience with Cryptic. Cryptic is working on the free-to-play model for Star Trek Online. This is going to be launched by the end of this year as well. So I think with the free-to-play model, we have bigger potential in the U.S. market and also in the Chinese market."
China's Perfect World bought Cryptic from Atari earlier this year.
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I would love to play this.
I always wanted to play this, but I didn't want to pay. Now I can play it for free.
no suprise, i bought the lifetime, just like i did for champions....
i went through a stage where i threw money away on *** games... this one still sucks
I might check this out... but I've been screwed over by MMOs too many times
Awesome, I'll be signing up!
Heh, guess that explains why I got a code for a free download of this game a month or two back when I bought a new mouse off Newegg. If anyone wants it to get an account started before the switch, just send me a message.
Interesting. More and more mmo's are slipping into the free to play realm. Now if only Warhammer Online would.....
Can't wait for this! Steady as she goes, Mr. Sulu.
Great. Maybe I'll start playing occasionally with my other nerd friends who are geeking out on this game once it happens.
Played it for a month. It was pretty good if you like Star Trek but utter crap if you don't.
If this gives them the resources to make it a better game then by all means, it is so content light that it is kind of a joke atm, played it for a month and ran out of things to do before my sub expired.
"...and now Cryptic's parent company, Perfect World, has decided to -make it so.- "
Ooooooh, I see what you did there!
Like others have said, I've wanted to play this but there was no way I'd pay a subscription for it. There seem to be quite a few MMOs going free to play recently. Maybe we need a Respec Radio about them all, and the benefits of free to play in general.
Sweet, I always wanted to try this as I'm a big Trek fan but have not nor never will pay a monthly fee to play a game. I'm not even a fan of MMO's, but I'll jump at the chance to play a decent Trek game.
cool, wanted to try but wouldnt pay for it