After running a countdown clock in their website for over a month, Cryptic Studios has officially announced they are the new developer for the Star Trek Online MMORPG. As predicted by TrekMovie on Sunday, Cryptic re-launched the official website with a few details, screenshots and a new countdown timer to Star Trek’s big Vegas convention in two weeks.
Official announcement (of the announcement)
CRYPTIC STUDIOS LICENSES RIGHTS TO PRODUCE STAR TREK ONLINE
Trek Fans Worldwide Are Invited to MMO Gamplay Reveal at Annual Star Trek Convention August 10, 2008 or Via Live Webcast at Los Gatos, Calif. – Cryptic Studios™, a leading developer and publisher of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), announced today that it has secured the global rights to develop and publish Star Trek® Online, a massively multiplayer online game based on the legendary Star Trek franchise, from CBS Consumer Products.
Cryptic will unveil the first Star Trek Online gameplay footage as well as details about this highly anticipated MMO at the annual Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas on Sunday, August 10, 2008. Trek fans from around the globe can also view the event live via webcast at http://www.startrekonline.com/.
Interested participants can register today for the Star Trek Online webcast and to sign up for the STO community by visiting http://www.startrekonline.com/.
Here are the game highlights from the new announcement
- Set in 25th century
- Site and forums show TNG-DS9-VOY era ships (Sovereign, Defiant, Akira and Nova classes, plus Federation ships firing on Romulan Warbird)
- Two factions: Federation and Klingon Empire
- Two types of game play: space/ship and land-based
- Allows ‘player-generated content’
- PC and console-based
- Release date ‘TBA’
This is similar to the design highlights from when Perpetual was developing the game, however that game was not going include the Klingon Empire (but allowed players to play as Klingons in the UFP). Also Perpetual never confirmed that their game would be available on console either (or at least as far as we can remember). They also have a new logo for the game, which is actually more akin to the standard TOS logo and typeface…possibly to fall in line with CBS new branding standards.
Screenshots available + game play footage ‘coming soon’
Cryptic has provided nine new screenshots and promises that game footage will be available at the Vegas Convention. The images appear to be actual in-game shots and not just concept art. Here are a couple examples showing space and ground images.
Exciting, but much to learn
Cryptic Studios is a much better home for the Star Trek MMORPG than Perpetual. Cryptic have a proven track record and are well regarded in the industry, whereas Perpetual was a new company that seemed long on promises and short on delivery. Cryptic are quite the opposite and usually let their work speak for them, but there are many things that we will hopefully learn soon, such as:
- Delivery date target (and beta target)
- Cost model and price (subscription vs. micro payment or other)
- Playable races and ships
- Overall story
- Which consoles