Regular subscriptions will cost $15 on a monthly basis, $42 per three months--a 6% discount compared to monthly subscriptions--or $80 for six--saving you 11%.
Cryptic is also offering yearly and lifetime subscriptions to pre-orderers up until release, which also pack two bonus character slots. The $120 annual subscription--locked at that rate--represents a 33% saving over individual months, while the $240 lifetime sub delivers unlimited play for the MMO's lifespan and a bonus playable Liberated Borg race. Though presumably mostly a cosmetic option, the Borg do have several unique traits.
The Liberated Borg begins with the following two traits. You can select another two traits from a general list.
Borg Nanites: +10% Health Regeneration
Description: Ground Trait. Constantly regenerates shields and health.
Efficient: +5 Starship Shield Efficiency, +5 Starship Engine Efficiency, +5 Starship Energy Weapon Efficiency, +5 Starship Auxiliary Systems Efficiency
Description: Space Trait. Provides a bonus to efficiency stats, improving the effectiveness of many of your power management abilities.
The Liberated Borg also has a unique optional trait.
Neural Blast: 30 second debuff. Drastically reduces run speed. Every 4 seconds, Neural Blast has a 40% chance to hold the target for 3 seconds.
Description: Activatable Ground Trait. Inject the target with neural toxins, which continually attempt to hold the target for the duration. Also reduces the target's movement speed.
2010 is off to an awful start for MMOs already
Hopefully Lego Universe will show up sometime this year and be a breath of fresh air.