Star Trek Online open beta warps to January

Cryptic Studios' latest MMORPG will enter large-scale testing period January 12-26; keys offered as first come, first served.

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Champions Online may be only a few months on the market, but Cryptic isn't wasting any time before deploying its next massively multiplayer online role-playing game. Earlier this month, the Atari-owned studio locked in a February 2 release date for Star Trek Online, having picked up the rights to make the game in July 2008. Now, Cryptic has taken one more step toward getting Star Trek Online out the door, announcing that the game's open beta test will run January 12-26.

Dibs on the Enterprise.

Star Trek Online entered a closed beta-testing phase in late October, and Cryptic Studios is still accepting applicants through its official Web site. Open beta keys will be doled out on a first-come, first-served basis, the company said, and they will also be offered through Cryptic's site. The studio did not indicate how many open-beta keys would be made available, nor when gamers would be notified of their acceptance into the testing period.

Star Trek Online operates independently from any of the events established in the film or television series. Players assume the role of a starship captain operating under the banner of either the United Federation of Planets (better known simply as "the Federation") or the Klingon, who are locked in an intergalactic struggle. The hive-minded cyborg race the Borg will also play a role in the massively multiplayer online game.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Star Trek Online.

Discussion

53 comments
Rydin
Rydin

I am sure other major factions will be incorporated into the game as time runs on and they launch expansion packs such as the Romulans and Cardasians who knows when though.

j-whit
j-whit

This looks great, but what about the Romulans???

dg3215
dg3215

IDK if this game is going to be any good, but I wish that Game Spot would wake up and remove the 360 platform Cryptic has said numerous times that this is PC only. This site has become a joke compaired to say IGN, hate it when I end up here.

Credfield81
Credfield81

Looks like it could be a neat game for non trekkies, not sure about the hardcore trekkies. Sad to say i was turned off from the game due to the fact everyone is automatically a ship captain. What about those that just wanna be the head of Medical or Engineering lol.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

This one looks promising actually. I will say it looks better than every other Star Trek game I've ever seen. They revitalized the film series...now if they can only get into the quality that some of the Star Wars games have.

kareo
kareo

i guess i'll be the one to go out on the lim. i enjoyed CO and i expect greats things from ST:O even if it's a work in progress. i'm sure the studio was pushed after they got acquired so i cannot blame them. regardless of what happens the true fans will make it happen just like past star trek games.

b_ux
b_ux

Don't you think the Closed Beta period is too short, Scotty?

FBIoh3
FBIoh3

to the person who made the comment about broccoli farts fading away, they dont, they "cling on"....... sorry, i couldnt help it. ill go away now. game looks cool btw, ive been keeping an eye on it. also the star wars one. we shall see.

Nottsy
Nottsy

well i can say that i am looking forward to this game, and since C&C4 has left me a bit down hearted i hope this is all what its cracked up to be. They have been in closed beta for a couple of months so will be nice to finally get my hands on a key a look at how it performs

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I'm hoping I get in any of the betas. The only MMO I'm interested in.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

I don't know. I just don't have a good feeling about this title.

artmonmster
artmonmster

No thanks.....I've seen the mess/dung Cryptic makes....Champions was a dud...actually asked for my money back on that one. I'll wait for Star Wars' mmo...bioware is so much better as a developer, and teamed with lucas arts, it's a sure win that will make this star trek game fade away like a broccoli fart. Star Trek games are just cursed to be duds anyway.....Ive yet to see one that was worth a dime.

Blank2k2
Blank2k2

From what i've seen in this game so far (i havent hype-stalked it, as i dont want to be disappointed, which hyping it up always brings) it seems like Starfleet Command fans will love this game. Space combat etc seems to handle like SFC just on a slightly faster pace, so to me STO is SFC with the ability to beam down to planets.

Khalathwyr
Khalathwyr

@BrandonC3000 Answer #2. Take some time to read the website and watch the videos. STO is about combat, whether in space or on away missions. You fight, earn more rank, get a bigger ship, fight, get new mods, earn more rank, fight, get bigger ship. They may throw in a few missions that aren't combat oriented, but overall the above is what they're making from what they've released so far. http://www.startrekonline.com/node/613 Take a look at the link (you may have to copy and paste) above.

TheCyberKnight
TheCyberKnight

I would have to say that while this game has endless potential and the fan-base to make it HUGE, I see it going the way of SW: Galaxies. It'll start off big, get bigger, then fade away into obscurity. I'm a trekkie, and it hurts to say...

BrandonC3000
BrandonC3000

So who exactly is this game aim towards? The people who thought the idea of a huge online MMO in the Star Trek world would be amazing, because of the depth of the world and people and races throughout it? Or the people who just like explosions and death, which is about 1/100th of the reason Star Trek is at all popular to begin with?

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@sircyrus: I put my finger on it. The mobs all play exactly the same -and use the same animations. I never ran into any of the bugs that some complained about in CO. Star Trek is perhaps the reason CO didn't get the full treatment?

sircyrus
sircyrus

@DiscGuru101 It definitely had a lack of content, but the game was riddled with bugs, optimization problems, and balance issues. Even if they didn't have the serious lack of content, the game would still be broken. Not only that, it just felt lacking in general. Something was missing from it, but nobody seemed able to put their finger on what that was. It was probably due to the game having originally been designed to be something other than it turned out to be (Marvel Online).

deathsoap
deathsoap

This game engine looks horrible. rpg standpoint speaking to npc or ppl is good. but graphic and gameplay is prolly plague with bugs.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@ sircyrus: I completely disagree with you. CO fails due to lack of content, not lack of testing. If Star Trek online plays like WoW in space, it will fail. If it has as little content as CO, it will fail. --And, I have no interest in playing a Star Wars MMO whatsoever. Cryptic is more so competing with Eve-Online.

sircyrus
sircyrus

@jazilla I don't think they'll shut down since Atari owns them now, but I do think STO will be as epic of a failure as Champions Online. You would think that having witnessed the results of too short of a beta period with Champions, the suits would schedule a longer beta period than what they've done. I'm not a big Star Trek fan, but I think the game could have been good if done right. This sounds more like they're rushing it out to cash in and recoup a portion of their development costs before SWTOR hits the market.

-Shii-
-Shii-

Bear in mind a huge amount of testing and development is the graphics engine, and how everything you do interacts with that engine. ST:O uses the same engine as champions online, which went through its testing period already. Thus alot of the issues are not going to be as intimately related to the engine.

jazilla
jazilla

My forecast: Cryptic has to shut down their studios after this one. Champions Online was awful(outside of the character creator) and this looks well, frankly atrocious.

OgreB
OgreB

Everyone gets there own ship...? There are not that many in the Star Trek universe... So they have a server for every thousand people...? Or do they count shuttle craft...garbage scows etc as ships..? Mmmm can't wait to be the pilot of a garbage scow.... I'll keep an eye on the game ( big Trek fan ) but I don't think it's going to make it.....

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

@ jakarai: They spent a long time working on this game. Years in fact. I will agree the public testing period is short and very near the release date.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I am excited about Star Trek MMO. Even more so if they add shield graphics. As far as open beta goes, last few times I did them I burned out on the game super quick. =\

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

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MrT__
MrT__

@OgreB: In this, everyone gets their own ship, though if you play in a party, the party members take the place of your AI allies in away missions. I do agree with other posters that it does seem to be getting rushed out with not that much testing going on, although it has been in development for about 3-4 years. Still, its good news, so long as those that really want to can get into the open beta and try it out to see if its a turkey before they pay up.

jakarai
jakarai

Wow this game was made too fast. I don't think it's going to do to good.

MatzeEdend
MatzeEdend

Do they honestly think this thing has had enough testing? Most games go through almost half a year in closed beta before they even consider opening it up... Usually open beta testing is an oxymoron. At that point they're done testing and are really just whetting the whistle of a few players to make people more anxious for the full official release. Either this game is seriously under-tested, or is seriously lacking in content, making it easier to test.

Deathfish69165
Deathfish69165

I can say, without a doubt, that this is 100% too early. Consider that the Closed Beta has only been open for 1 month, and according to STOked it's only been available to players in small time groups of 2-3 hours per time a few times a week. Not nearly enough testing has gone on.

rann89
rann89

This is gonna bomb bad =( I feel sorry for 20% of their employees in a year when they downsize due to lack of income.

Locutus_Picard
Locutus_Picard

Those explosions look TERRIBLE. I saw shipdebris disappear completely after being shop...not even residual crumbling. The shooting looks even worse and sluggish. The graphics look like a early PS2 game. wth?

Bazackward
Bazackward

It's been in production for a long time and passed through at least one previous company before Cryptic. I'm a Star Trek fan, so I hope the game turns out well. However, I've played just about every Star Trek game that's come out over the past 20 years and they are usually terrible. =/

OgreB
OgreB

The problem with MMOs ( Sci-Fi ) is that everyone wants to be Captain Kirk not some poor schlep in the reactor room. In Fantasy online there can be a million champs or wardens..shamans ...what have you. It's the norm. In ST:O..there can only be one captain....

Hekynn
Hekynn

It feels a bit rushed to me. They should have waited 1 more year to work out the bugs and work on the art style a bit more and make it more detailed etc etc.

athenian29
athenian29

I won't be playing this, but I've read previews and it looks great. I hope it succeeds massively (pardon the pun) - it's such a huge breath of fresh air to the MMO genre that it would be great for everyone, whether we play it or not.

Moloch121
Moloch121

oneligas, how did you know?! I still play WoW and I wanna try a new MMO and Bioware is the only one who can distract me long enough from WoW to the point I dont miss it sometimes like with dragon age

Zemus
Zemus

Im scared of this game to be honost. Champions Online was a terrible game with no sense of community and Star Trek online has barely been in development and its already almost at release day with no real beta testing behind it. This is going to be one heck of a bad release with no hope of success imo. And its too bad, I love Star Trek, and this insult of a game is going to hurt the community

Gruug
Gruug

I have been in a lot of Open Beta tests and every one has only been for 2 to 3 weeks tops. Open Beta is not where major changes to a game occur regardless. Closed Beta is where major changes are occuring regularly. Open Beta may see some minor changes. STO has been in Closed Beta for some months now (F&F and now Closed). Just because a game takes a long time to make it to market does not mean a good game...examples like Darkfall, AoC, Warhammer to mention a few.

oneligas
oneligas

I want to play this but i know it will fail just because every SciFi nerd will counting the seconds till Star Wars the old republic.

Eagleheart1980
Eagleheart1980

I have big expectations for this. How tactical the space fights will be and how well u need to react in ground combats..Taking Cover,shooting etc. Hopefully players give a good feedback during the beta testing and developers take all under consideration. To Boldly go..I sooo love the latest 4season tv serie where is Jolene Blalock and Scott Bakula :) Will buy the season 3 and 4 soon when time is rdy. Good luck Cryptic :)

airshocker
airshocker

There have been very few surprise hits the last couple of years when it comes to videos. The Star Trek MMO has received almost no hype when you compare it to other MMOs like Warhammer Online, Aion, Age of Conan, etc. Even MMOS that haven't been released yet(Star Wars: TOR), have a much bigger fan-base and over-all hype. The fact is, if an MMO doesn't receive any hype, it doesn't get BOUGHT. Not even an open beta will save it if the game SEEMS lackluster to it's very core. Considering the lack of effort they put into Champions Online, is anyone really expecting this MMO to be good? I'm not trying to be a doomsayer, I actually like Star Trek very much, but I think this game is going to average, at best.

Franko_3
Franko_3

wth, already? I alway wanted a star trek mmo, but I have the feeling Atari is really pushing Cryptic to rush that game, like they did with champion o... If there is a 200$ lifetime offer again, you can bet that this game will be another piece of garbage and we will have to wait another 10years before seeing another star trek mmo :(

NuKkU
NuKkU

only like a month period for a beta for a MMO i smell trouble i mean BFBC Beta will last to january and thats a FPS

airshocker
airshocker

That's not enough time to conduct an open beta. They're shooting themselves in the foot just like they did with Champions Online.