Big things are on the horizon for Star
Trek Online. With the second anniversary of Cryptic's MMO in
range, executive producer Stephen D'Angelo greeted fans with a rundown of the tweaks, additions, and events en route for season five
The first major change will take place
January 17, when STO officially launches its free-to-play model. From
that point forward, players can chose to continue paying for Gold
status, or explore the final frontier for no fees as a Silver member.
Choosing to play for free will still allow players to enjoy full
access to the game, however Gold members will still have the slight
advantage when it comes to inventory space, the collection of veteran
points, priority login, and enjoying all in-game chat features.
Virtual goods and services will be available to purchase in the
game's C-Store for both classes. A full list of Gold and Silver
account differences has been posted online.
Beyond the free-to-play launch,
D'Angelo announced the arrival of new Odyssey class starships and
Klingon flagships to coincide with STO's second anniversary in
February. Following this, Cryptic will fire up a new episode arc
featuring the Dominion that will carry on through March, and be
joined by the first expansion for the Duty Officer system plus even
more events and features throughout spring.
Looking even further down the line,
D'Angelo hinted at Season 6 surprises for June, which include “major
upgrades on some key parts of the game”, as well as improvements to
foundry, PvP, and crafting.
Overall, D'Angelo said he aims to keep
the new content flowing on a regular basis, writing, “All
told, it’s my goal to have something new in the game nearly every
week starting with the second anniversary event and running through
the end of April.”
Trek Online made its North American debut on February 2, 2010. We
gave it a healthy 7/10 at time, but it sounds like it's made some
significant upgrades since. Let us know if you're playing, and what you
think of upcoming changes.