Star Trek Online going free-to-play in January

Star Trek Online will boldly go free-to-play on January 17, 2012, developer Cryptic has announced. "But which stardate is that?" you may ask. But I won't reply, because you didn't specify TNG, TOS, or 2009 reboot stardate format.

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Star Trek Online will boldly go free-to-play on January 17, 2012, developer Cryptic has announced. "But which stardate is that?" you may ask, feeling a little cheeky and clever. And I won't reply, because you didn't specify The Original Series, The Next Generation, or 2009 reboot stardate format. This is the Internet; there are rules.

As detailed before, the free-to-play STO will let users access all missions, sectors, episodes and so on. However, there will be restrictions on bank and inventory space, character slots, and the like, and you'll need to pay to access features such as the mission editor. Subscribers (monthly or lifetime) will be spared these, and get other bonuses too.

Executive producer Stephen D'Angelo also announced that STO subscribers will start receiving free Cryptic Points, the currency used for microtransactions, every month. Starting in December, on the day of the month when your subscription began, you'll get 400 Points. That's about enough to buy a classic Star Trek costume for your characters and an extra bank slot, for reference.

From The Chatty

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    November 10, 2011 7:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Star Trek Online going free-to-play in January.

    Star Trek Online will boldly go free-to-play on January 17, 2012, developer Cryptic has announced. "But which stardate is that?" you may ask. But I won't reply, because you didn't specify TNG, TOS, or 2009 reboot stardate format.

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      November 10, 2011 7:52 AM

      that should be just in time when i finish skyrim :) beam me up scotty

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      November 10, 2011 8:18 AM

      good thing people were buying those lifetime subscriptions

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        November 10, 2011 12:44 PM

        if they die by Jan 16th, 2012 they'll have gotten their moneys worth

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      November 10, 2011 8:26 AM

      That would be Stardate -310956.3. TNG for life! The game was fun, but not worth paying a sub for. I'll definitely pick it up when its F2P.

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      November 10, 2011 10:23 AM

      What does it mean if I was 100% sure it was already free to play? Does that say something about its marketing or success level or something? Man I'd have bet money this had gone F2P a long time ago, I don't know where I got that idea.

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      November 10, 2011 10:24 AM

      will that help though? Lego Universe had F2P but is shutting down in January. Couldn't get enough paying subs from the freebies

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        November 10, 2011 12:35 PM

        I doubt it. STO was a fun game but a very boring MMO :/

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      November 10, 2011 11:12 AM

      definitely LOLed at that first paragraph