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Death Rattle Game:
Star Trek Online | Release Date TBA
Nearly half a century of obsessive geekdom culminated in three words: Star. Trek. Online. After years of fair to pathetic game efforts, dorks of all ages would finally be able to raise their own Kirk, Spock, Quark or Worf from cadet to Starfleet Admiral, in a living, breathing Trek universe set in the 25th century, stuffed with plenty of PvP and ship-to-ship combat.

Heads burst, websites sprung up, and forums exploded as rabid fans clamored to plunk down a monthly fee to boldly go where no server had gone before. That flight would be delayed, indefinitely.


Above: Phasers set on fail

Fallout
Alas, Star Trek Online was not to be. Not for Perpetual Entertainment anyway, as that unfinished game would be the company’s final frontier. Its own staffers were said to be displeased when STO began to shift to a more casual focus years into development, but that was just the first of many kicks to the face.


Above: Someday, her prince shall come... *sigh*

To put more resources into STO, Perpetual abruptly canceled Gods & Heroes: Rome Rising, an MMO with years of time invested and on the cusp of its beta stage. We won't even get started on the PR lawsuit stemming from the alleged commissioning of promotional materials for games Perpetual would never finish and then neglect to pay for. Nasty business, that.

 

Hope for Resurrection?
Maybe. Perpetual Entertainment is dead, though somehow, still lives on through various names and limited liability satellite companies we can’t begin to understand. Happily, all is not lost for Star Trek Online. Development has been gifted to an undisclosed Bay Area developer and the game's static and barren website is still up and running online, unlike Perpetual's.

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12 comments

  • PatHan-bHai - March 11, 2013 7:48 a.m.

    GodHand is 80 times better than shit GoW and okay-DMC!!!!! Just buy and play the fricking game!! Damn idiots!
  • poothurdur32 - October 12, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    Uh, guys, you missed MKVDCU, Midway's partnership with Cartoon Network, and that one Data Design Interactive game they helped out with(it was a rip-off of Nickelodeon and Steve Odiekirk's movie "Barnyard".)
  • GrlGmr - March 19, 2010 9:29 a.m.

    Should have had Looking Glass Studios on this list. They got sunk by a game they didn't even publish (Daikatana) when Edios spent all that money on Ion Storm and pulled the plug.
  • eee - December 7, 2009 8:09 p.m.

    LOL number 1 deployable battle trees
  • GaMERGOD - November 7, 2009 7:56 p.m.

    i already beat this game 5 times it is so good everybody reading this comment go to GameStop ask for Okami and buy it
  • NullG7 - October 20, 2008 8:34 p.m.

    To bad Okami and ShadowRun were both good games (I still have both) but they died before there time infact ShadowRun was updated just as Fasta went under and 1 month later ShadowRun had a good boost in sales (to show witch game I honestly still play regulary look to the left at my picture
  • Gleb2006 - October 18, 2008 10:02 p.m.

    What a shame, was actually quite a good game
  • Black_X_1111 - October 30, 2008 9:39 p.m.

    I play one of acclaims mmo's, and its pretty good
  • dougle - January 12, 2009 12:43 p.m.

    my friend brought okami when it came out played for a few hours then sold it for 1/4 what he payed...damn shame really
  • Supermanoh - July 28, 2009 6:25 p.m.

    Danm you mass market corporate dictators. How dare you disbad such a creative and wonderful developer as clover? SCREW YOU \.|.. ..|./
  • Lyrical - March 19, 2009 1:15 p.m.

    shadowrun...was ok for a few days then sucked lol, no story at all was dumb
  • iKOemos - March 19, 2009 5:26 a.m.

    Deployable battle-trees!

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