Cryptic Studios sent over an email this morning announcing that the upcoming Star Trek-based MMORPG is finally getting a launch date. According to the developer, Star Trek Online will hit the Internet on February 2, 2010 in North America, followed by a European release date of February 5, 2010. The game will be shipped by Atari.
The news comes as a big sigh of relief for Star Trek fans who have watched the MMORG come and go over the last five years. Perpetual Entertainment originally started development back in 2004, and worked on the game until January 2008 when it filed for bankruptcy. Unfortunately, only the license and art assets were transferred over to current developer Cryptic Studios; Perpetual kept its proprietary game engine.
Star Trek Online takes place thirty years after the last New Generation movie, Star Trek Nemesis--it also takes place after the five next-generation comic books that lead into the recent Star Trek (2009) movie using an alternate timeline. Based on the graphical timeline proposed on the website, Romulus is destroyed, and life went on without Nero and Spock in 2409 (and Data is back as a Starfleet captain).
Cryptic claims that the MMORPG is largely based on its original design, technology, and assets. The company said that Perpetual created a "huge amount of concept art," much of which was applicable in the development process. As for specs, the MMORPG's minimum system requirements are as follows:
• OS: Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit)
• CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 GHz or AMD Athlon X2 3800+
• Memory: 1 GB RAM
• Video: Nvidia GeForce 7950 / ATI Radeon X1800 / Intel HD Graphics
• Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Soundcard
• DirectX: Version 9.0c or Higher
• HDD: 8 GB Free Disk Space
• Network: Internet Broadband Connection Required
• Disc: 6X DVD-ROM
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Any word on a beta?Reply
HonisAny word on a beta?Reply
There is a closed beta going on now.
Making a game with Star Trek in the title is going to be either really successful or completely flop, there really is no middle ground and its got big shoes to fill.Reply
Any word on price? Is it free or subscription based? Is it a one time pay for the game and play as long as you want, or it is like WoW where you have to buy the game then keep paying to play it?
Star Trek is not the kind of movie series that lends itself well to a game. Star Wars was practically written to be an RPG with the Jedi learning all sorts of skills as they grow up. All of the Star Wars movies could pretty easily make their own game whereas almost none of the Star Trek movies could I imagine being made into a compelling game.Reply
The universe is big but I just can't figure out what in the world you are going to do in it while staying true to what "Star Trek" is all about.
I see major failing in the future of this game.
Any word on whether there will be a monthly subscription?Reply
Hmmm Star wars seems more appealing now... Star Trek would be like some pop band travelling around space meeting and aweing aliens with their crappy enterprise ship.... Id love to see a single X-wing destroy that....Reply
Someone should hack characters from World of Warcraft into Star Trek, LOL!!!Reply
I hope it doesn't tarnish the great Start Trek name. Kirk and Picard were great, Janeway was decent, Deepspace 9 was a failure, Archer was alright, and while the movie was good, it seemingly had very little actually in common with Star Trek.Reply
finally, an RPG I can get excited about (I might get flamed but I couldn't care about WoW. I want to take part in a futuristic game world, not a medievil one.)Reply