Star Trek Online setting phasers to freemium

Cryptic Studios confirms sci-fi MMORPG will transition to microtransaction-based business model later this year.

From Lord of the Rings Online to Age of Conan, success stories abound for massively multiplayer online role-playing games that flip to a microtransaction-driven freemium business model. With Cryptic Studios' Champions Online going the freemium route in January, it should come as no surprise that the MMOG specialist has similar intentions for Star Trek Online.

Freemium isn't exactly a space where no man has gone before.

Cryptic Studios confirmed this week that it intends to transition Star Trek Online to a freemium business model by the end of this year. The studio expects to have additional information on its pricing and execution strategy for Star Trek Online available next week.

News of the announcement first arrived during a Perfect World postearnings conference call last week. In that report, chief financial officer Kevin Lau confirmed that a freemium version of Star Trek Online will arrive in the US and China. Perfect World bought Cryptic from Atari in May 2011.

Star Trek Online received middling review scores when it first launched for the PC in February 2010. The game 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 Borg will also play a role in the MMOG.

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

Written By

Want the latest news about Star Trek Online: Legacy of Romulus?

Star Trek Online: Legacy of Romulus

Star Trek Online: Legacy of Romulus

Follow

Discussion

26 comments
Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Now I may actually check it out. Gotta love free to play.

Chainer323
Chainer323

maybe they should have changed the title of this news story to: And Another bites the dust....and becomes free

endorbr
endorbr

Well that increases the chances of me playing it.

DS_fan_atic
DS_fan_atic

I saw this coming a long time ago. Hopefully they will make it Mac compatible.

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

@Philly1UPer That's likely because almost anyone who might buy it already had, so going F2P was basically like wringing out a damp rag. By this point, they weren't selling too many copies of TF2, so the new model could only have been successful. But, when the market gets too saturated with such games, we'll see a huge drop, I'll bet.

Philly1UPer
Philly1UPer

@parrot_of_adun Team Fortress II is actually doing pretty damn well since they went F2P.

Just-Breathe
Just-Breathe

Will check it out. After all, you can't get a better deal than free :)

Llama345
Llama345

whoever made up the headline needs a pat on the back.

Evenios
Evenios

that would be nice maybe get more people to play the game honestly i assume they like other such games that went this way will allow still a monthy fee for current stuffs but i hope this gets more people to play. they need to add more features to the foundry like a 3d view and such!

parrot_of_adun
parrot_of_adun

It seems just about everything will want to go F2P until it's finally proven not to be the panacea they (rather naively) thought it would be.

penpusher
penpusher

This is good news especially given that star trek online was never worth paying for in the first place if youre actually a star trek fan

Avoozl
Avoozl

They redid the ground combat a few months ago. Also, there's now a queue system for the fleet actions from what I understand.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Well that's great, because there's no way I'd ever pay a dime for this game.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I've been waiting to reinstall for this. I have a captain and a starship that I adore: but the lack of people teaming into fleets was killing the Star Trek vibe more than the bland ground combat.

FuryX-4
FuryX-4

Star Trek Online going freemium... "Engage!"

Enterprise-E
Enterprise-E

This is great news. As an on an off subscribe of STO i really enjoyed playing STO. Sure the launch of this mmo was really rough but now is the time to try it out for yourself.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

If you're going to go with a F2P game, why Age Of Conan is the best way to go.

vaejas
vaejas

I joined STO this summer, and am just about at the point where I'm eager for new content to actually be released. It's been a busy week! But I might still suspend my sub this month until the F2P hits. *crosses fingers for TOR beta e-mail*

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Sweetness! Now all I have to do is get an internet connection and I'll finally ACTUALLY be able to play this game! Haha.

FoeCrusher
FoeCrusher

Well this comes as absolutely no suprise.

Triton
Triton

I'll buy that for a dollar...

JamesCodelius
JamesCodelius

I've been waiting for news like this forever, I love this game.

SauhlGood
SauhlGood

sto sux i wouldnt play it for free, and i paid to play it at one point

wilson336
wilson336

...wonder how this may effect Star Wars: The Old Republic and it's pay to play model? WoW has already partially changed over with the "free to level 20" platform...

LUMIN4RY
LUMIN4RY

MMO's, why even pay monthly anymore just wait long enough and most will go F2P. It's sad... I will never again subscribe to any MMO, I'll just wait it out until the inevitable F2P launch. Oh wait... they could all learn a thing or two from ArenaNet.