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Watch ‘Star Trek Online Revealed’ with Leonard Nimoy [UPDATED] August 10, 2008

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Conventions/Events/Attractions,Nimoy,Star Trek Online , trackback

At1:30 PM (Pacific) Cryptic Studios held their ‘Star Trek Online Revealed’ event at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention. Leonard Nimoy helped them unveil this exciting new massive multiplayer Star Trek game. The presentation lived up to its name and revealed much about the new game, we have video, details and new screenshots below.

VIDEO: Watch the Vegas announcement & new trailer


Star Trek Online Las Vegas Webcast (trailer shows half way through)
 
(Click for higher res versions of trailer)

Screenshots (click to enlarge)

Press Release
below is the full text of the Star Trek Online Press release

CRYPTIC STUDIOS GIVES FIRST GLIMPSE OF HIGHLY ANTICIPATED STAR TREK ® ONLINE AT ANNUAL STAR TREK CONVENTION

Leonard Nimoy Joins Cryptic Studios to Reveal Details of

25th Century Star Trek MMO

To View Webcast and First Game Trailer Visit www.StarTrekOnline.com

Las Vegas, NV –August 10, 2008–  Cryptic Studios™, a leading independent developer and publisher of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), today revealed at the annual Star Trek Convention the first details and gameplay trailer for Star Trek® Online, a massively multiplayer online game based on the legendary Star Trek franchise.  

Convention attendees and Trek fans from around the globe attended the live webcast event held in the Gene Roddenberry Theater. Cryptic’s Chief Creative Officer, Jack Emmert, was joined on stage by renowned Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, as he outlined the details of Star Trek Online.

“I spent many, many Saturday afternoons watching reruns of Star Trek and dreaming of its worlds. Leonard Nimoy helped inspire my imagination of what mysteries the universe might in fact hold,” said Emmert. “I’d like to think that very same imagination is what fuels my desire and drive as a game designer, pushing toward creating an MMO that is the ultimate Star Trek experience.”

Set in the year 2409, Star Trek Online will allow players to immerse themselves in the future of the Star Trek universe, exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations in an ever expanding vast universe.  Command a starship as a Federation or a Klingon Captain, outfit it with custom systems and recruit, train and mold a crew into an elite force for exploration and combat. Missions take players into thrilling space battle, planetside for face-to-face combat and even inside starships!

For more information regarding Cryptic Studios, to register for the Star Trek community or to view today’s webcast please visit www.startrekonline.com.

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More to come
This new game is the second biggest Star Trek project going on now (with the film being the biggest). TrekMovie has and will continue to cover it regularly all the way through testing and launch. Look for our interview with Cryptic’s Chief Creative Officer Jack Emmert coming up soon. In our interview Emmert impressed with his passion for Trek, his expertise on making world class games and his commitment to creating a truly amazing Star Trek experience. If it isn’t clear yet, TrekMovie is psyched about this game.

Comments

1. Will.I.Am - August 10, 2008

awesome!

2. Reign1701A - August 10, 2008

So I guess the amount of players on a single starship working together to make it operate angle is out? I suppose this way is easier, I couldn’t imagine how the mentioned idea could be implemented successfully.

3. Hanny - August 10, 2008

A little bit of a delay it seems…

4. T2 - August 10, 2008

the movie, the game….the anticipation is too much!

5. Beam Me Up - August 10, 2008

It’s a dude with long hair

6. Anthony Pascale - August 10, 2008

Hi from vegas

Jack is a real fan and a real pro.

7. Chris H. - August 10, 2008

+10 points to Cryptic for showing real progress in a (relatively) short period of time.

Perpetual just never seemed to have its act together.

8. I'm Captain Kirk... I'M CAPTAIN KIRK! - August 10, 2008

Yeah this is all fine and great… But it’s gonna be 3 – 4 years before we get to play the damned thing. Snap.

9. Michael Adams - August 10, 2008

I love it! I am looking forward to ST Online more than the movie. The Movie is going to be so great and wonderful, I think that the posters are hot. I am really buying Chris Pines look and of course Quinto IS from Vulcan, but Star Trek Online will be a phenomenon. IT is what WE have really been waiting for as fanatics. Star Trek is going to be a household name again thanks to Bad Robot and Cryptic.

10. Ian - August 10, 2008

An the STO website is being bombarded right now! haha

11. Michael Adams - August 10, 2008

He said LESS than three years, I’m thinking this year, or right after our movie comes out.

12. Commander Data - August 10, 2008

Seems all well and good, i’m glad he went in to more detail about the way you start off as Captain etc. it has calmed fears that i was having about the game.
From the gameplay trailer it showed more action than much else so you didnt get an idea of the exploration aspect but i’m sure more of that will come soon.
I didnt realise it would take another couple of years, thats quite disappointing that we’ll have to wait that long but i guess these things take time. I’d rather they took 3yrs to develop a great game than 1yr to develop a rubbish one. Plus depending on the system requirements i might have a better/newer PC by then as well.

13. Mawazitus - August 10, 2008

11: That’s just not going to happen. Did you hear all of the vague answers Mr. Emmert was giving to questions? I think that’s due to them still figuring things out. They just don’t know, yet. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, just probably the truth.

There is A LOT of content that must be created for a MMORPG, it’s like making a movie from a million different perspectives.

Best of luck to Cryptic, if they do this right, it will be great for years to come.

14. Mawazitus - August 10, 2008

The link to startrekonline.com is anchored to the wrong URL, Anthony. It’s sending everyone to startrek-online.com, which is simply a placeholder website.

15. Michael Adams - August 10, 2008

Anthony. Since your are well on your way to being Mr. Star Trek maybe they can at least give you a hint at when the game is coming out and or on a different deal when we might see a picture of the new Enterprise. Force them for us. Or have you seen the New Enterprise?

16. Sean4000 v8.04 "Hardy Heron" - August 10, 2008

Cryptic really stepped up to the plate! Hats off to them!

Definitely looking forward to more technical discussion on the game. like OS support, requirements, coding, etc..

17. Adam E - August 10, 2008

You can download the trailer now at http://www.startrekonline.com

18. Michael Adams - August 10, 2008

13. Why would they do all this then? Are we going to have Star Trek Online at the con every year spouting the same stuff? We will be bored by then unless somebody like Anthony makes a website for us to freak out about it until it comes out.

19. Beam Me Up - August 10, 2008

I always wanted to play the Lord of the Rings online game. I heard it was really fun.

20. luthor - August 10, 2008

i hope they are going to improve the graphics on this game — i know this is a early demo but -.- … looks pretty shitty to me…

i hope the gameplay is allright… otherwise… i don’t know…

21. Beam Me Up - August 10, 2008

Cool. Leonard is on now. Looks good.

22. Sean - August 10, 2008

There are some minor things that I didn’t like about the whole event, but my biggest gripe is with the release date. I honestly can’t wait past Christmas of next year. If it’s past that why did Cryptic even bother announcing the game yet?

23. Commander Data - August 10, 2008

19. Its ok, i far prefer World of Warcraft. its a lot easier for someone to pick up and play. Saying that i gave City of Heroes a shot and its even easier. From what i saw from City of Heroes the way they’ve crafted is quite different from the grindfest of WoW. Its quite good and addictive. I’m again looking forward to Star Trek Online.

24. Beam Me Up - August 10, 2008

I heard the Star Wars one was fun back in the day, but now it sucks

25. Fansince9 - August 10, 2008

I’ve never really been into video games all that much, but with Star Trek Online coming out, I am just going to have to check that out because it sounds interesting.

26. Gibnerd - August 10, 2008

what about Quinto & Nimoy on stage together?? how did that go? photos? reports? transcripts?

27. Mawazitus - August 10, 2008

18: To raise awareness of the game. Believe or not, not all Star Trek fans visit this site or ANY Star Trek site. I’d imagine we’ll have Cryptic at several cons in the next couple of years, each time with a more refined product to showcase.

But I could always be wrong. Perhaps it will come out right after the new movie. I’d lay heavy odds against that, though.

28. Holo J - August 10, 2008

Looks and sounds cool, if only they’d bring it out on the 360… Not really played on a MMO game before but I am guessing its the type of game you can only play on a PC and I only use my PC for work because games always end up mucking up my PC.

29. Beam Me Up - August 10, 2008

Yeah, where’s the other con stuff? Star Trek Online bores the hell out of me.

30. Phaser...where are youuu? - August 10, 2008

tag, where are youuu? ;)

31. Phaser...where are youuu? - August 10, 2008

That was supposed to say “” tag…dag bern it

32. Phaser...where are youuu? - August 10, 2008

Sheesh…never mind, and sorry Anthony. I was trying to say the more tag seemed to be missing on this article…

33. Fansince9 - August 10, 2008

#26: I agree, somone please promptly provide info to that regard as we would love to hear the details.

Thanks.

34. John from Cincinnati - August 10, 2008

I live in Vegas and was at the convention today. I met my hero, Leonard Nimoy and had my picture taken with him. What a gentleman. I also got met Richard Kiel (Jaws), Grace Lee Whitney, Larry Montangue (Strom), Brent Spiner, Suzie Plakson and many more. Disney has got nothing on Creation Con, this for me, was the happiest place on Earth.

35. Anthony Pascale - August 10, 2008

i love how patient how everyone is

36. John from Cincinnati - August 10, 2008

Oh, after listening to Zachory Quinto, I was left feeling the franchise is in good hands. What a character, and what great energy and enthusiasm he brings! It would be nice to see some of the other cast members from the new movie embrace their fans and make an appearance at these conventions…..We’re not all people who need to ‘get a life’.

37. Salamander Cakes - August 10, 2008

I will be LIVID if they only release it on PC and Xbox 360 and not PS3…

38. Gabriel Bell - August 10, 2008

Anthony, great job on the coverage, as always. I was at the convention from Thursday to Saturday. Every year this creation event continues to impress. I’m looking forward to hearing their plans for next years (sans The Experience … sniff, sniff).

39. Michael Adams - August 10, 2008

1100 cdt . It’s coming with the new movie ya’all
Anthony, I’m sorry for freaking out the kids in the past, but I think that itn is coming sooner than later. I Love Ya’ll. ATX.

40. The Vulcanista - August 10, 2008

#35 Our Fearless Leader,

Hey, sweetpea, there’s far more of us who understand that what you’re doing here amounts to a second full-time job!

Well done, atta boy, and keep up the good work! It *is* appreciated.

And if you can confirm that Denise de Armand actually exists and is at the con, that’d be quite a scoop for the folk in the Vegas chat!!

Peace. Live long and prosper.
The Vulcanista }:-|

41. raverbane - August 10, 2008

I am thinking they will tie the relaease in with the release of the movie, next year.

In his statements about the engine, he makes a comment along the lines of “if the game was to be released after Champions is released next April”

A reason for the secrecy might be legal entanglements involving Paramount and the movie release next year.

42. Michelle - August 10, 2008

Graphics look nice enough to me. I’m pretty excited to see how this game turns out. :)

43. SciFiMetalGirl - August 10, 2008

Nothing wrong with those new graphics or that demo! Right on!

I just loved that little girl that asked a question! Now THERE is the future of Star Trek, ladies and gentleman!

44. erica rachel kathryn hernandez-garrett-janeway (lol) - August 10, 2008

actually there is something wrong with the graphics…some tech is outdated (in nemesis, tricorders were redesigned to look more like pdas, and the tricorder being held in one of the pics in addition to being huge, is of the voyager variety), the uniforms have no uniformity to them, with multiple variants…although i LOVE that new sovereign-class update they have :)

45. CaptainRickover - August 10, 2008

Nice new ship in the first pic.

46. Not impressed - August 10, 2008

I was not impressed with the presentation.

– Long-winded. The presenter (Jack) gave a core dump of information. It got to the point where he droned on and on and… (you get the point) A great speaker wraps up the elevator pitch in short order, nails bullet points concisely, and generates enthusiasm. He seemed to be a cult of personality. Boring at that.

I realize numerous fans want LOTS of yummy details. But this preso went on far too long.

– 25th century… so, can I sign up Captain Buck Rogers as my character? :P All kidding aside, I want to be able to command the Excelsior-class, the Ambassador-class, the Sovereign-class… but felt there weren’t enough overviews of what a “small ship” is… or what might be offered up.

– I hate to say it, but this looks identical to many of the previous Star Trek games. I don’t want to be firing phasers, photon torpedoes, etc. at enemies; I really want to dig into mysteries. I get the impression we’ll see some great adventure play. Then again, it sounds more like we create alliances and fight common enemies to the death. (ugh) Not my idea of Star Trek.

– The Linux question was priceless. Why? Because Cryptic revealed it’s biggest vulnerability: Not understanding the target audience. (“I get many questions everywhere I go about Macs…” So DEVELOP the game to the Mac platform!! (And the Linux platform!!) Or suggest virtualization options, e.g. Virtualbox, VMware, Parallels, etc. for people to get onboard with this game.

– Can we visit the planet of the Guardian of Forever and change the game itself?

I’m NOT sold on this game until more details become available. Put bluntly, I really want to play in the 23rd century, NOT the 25th.

47. Sean4000 v8.04 "Hardy Heron" - August 10, 2008

Erica, the Sovereign refit is making my heart fluster! I never thought that design could get any better.

48. Sean4000 v8.04 "Hardy Heron" - August 10, 2008

Wow, I got my Linux question answered way earlier than I had expected. I guess I’ll just make a Vista basic x64 drive. I think my 8CPUs and 16GB of ram will chew this game up. Bring it! I’m growing tired of Armada I and II.

49. Lt. Broccoli - August 11, 2008

so disappointed… They’ve butchered the Sovereign and the game graphics look like its from 2004! I actually like the Sacagawea ship design Perpetual had before….

50. Paulaner - August 11, 2008

Nimoy talking about games is kind of… weird. You see, it makes me sad hearing all this marketing and advertising stuff from a man (“THE” man) who has clearly nothing to do with these things, if you understand what I mean.

51. Paulaner - August 11, 2008

#46 “Then again, it sounds more like we create alliances and fight common enemies to the death. (ugh) Not my idea of Star Trek. ”

Totally agreed. Multiplayer games are fighting games, this is a matter of fact. Adventure, mistery and real Star Trek stories? Only a well crafted single player games can bring this to life (IMO).

52. Mike - August 11, 2008

Hmmm. Well, I hate to be negative but the new art direction is atrocious compared to perpetuals work. The ships look like TNG with ugly little bits stuck on them. The art from the previous iteration was really taking another step in the evolution of the futuristic trek look. Not so with this.

53. j - August 11, 2008

Ugh, those UNIFORMS.

54. star trackie - August 11, 2008

Way too reminiscent of TNG. i thought it was supposed to be like the 25th century or soemthing along those lines. Gotta pass on this one.

55. FREAKAZOID - August 11, 2008

Hmmm, I’m gonna need to up my Internet connection speed to full high speed (warp speed)! *LOL*

56. Holger - August 11, 2008

A blue-skinned Vulcan and a pink-skin Andorian??

57. SciFiMetalGirl - August 11, 2008

Does anybody explain what they mean by “grindfest”?

58. sad fan - August 11, 2008

so far what i’ve seen is an emphasis on combat–while there is some combat in star trek it is not its heart. The heart of star trek is figuring out mysteries and the wonder of discovery. I wouldve thought the rpg story elements would focus on contacting new civilizations, exploring planets and ruins, diplomacy, figuring out natural mysteries, ethical dillemmas, AND yes space battles thrown in as well for good measure. I hope the game doesn’t turn out to be all combat. Star Trek Legacy was a fun game but it was an action game set in a very specific scenario, a Star Trek RPG should focus on the bread and butter of Starfleet.

59. JeFF - August 11, 2008

Wow… I’m astounded and embarrassed by how some of you are reacting to this news. Not only are Trek fans hard to please, but I think some are just impossible to please. Apparently, the ideal game would be to LITERALLY take some of you into the Star Trek Universe, fit you with a uniform, and hand you some equipment and a ship.

Come ON people… this was THE FIRST message practically out of Cryptic! They’ve made more progress than anything we’ve seen before, and even that progress is preliminary, at best. Considering the past of Trek gaming, I understand the skepticism and outright anger, but as Trek fans, isn’t it our duty to try to maintain some sort of optimism and open mindedness?

The uniforms are the right colors in the actual preview. These pics here are not showing properly. As for the technology, yeah, it’s not quite right for the time, but again, this is all prelim. Same for the ships… who knows what they will look like come prod.

The nice thing about this MMO is that it can GROW. So, anything they put in first can evolve. The dude mentioned the Romulans and the Dominion. New ships, new technology, new races, new anything CAN be added… so if you don’t see it first, chill, because you probably will (esp with that monthly fee we’ll all be coughing up, lol). This universe WILL GROW, and the more of us that are in it, the faster, bigger, and better it can and will become.

Anyway, I am thrilled for this game… finally, a game that seems to mesh combat and exploration, and all of it can be customized!
Anthony, thanks so much for the reporting on this and the Con; great job!

60. Woulfe - August 11, 2008

#57 – Grindfest (noun) Guhurhuind Fuhest

1. Where one sits in one location waiting for enemies to spawn to kill over and over as they spawn in order to level up their player quickly and easily. ( Also known as “button mashing” in certain circles. )

2. Constantly Battling enemies all over the play area and nothing else to do in the game like exploring, gathering resources, etc.
( Think early MMO’s where all you did was battle and level up from battling. )

61. SciFiMetalGirl - August 11, 2008

#60 – Thank you, Woulfe. I suspected as much, but wanted to be sure.

62. At least text-based games made you think... - August 11, 2008

Bah. This could be a good game for kids and people that dig mmo’s, but I seriously doubt there’s going to be much intellectual stimulation. Games, as a rule, have been getting dumber, not smarter. How much do you want to bet that “exploring” means finding a planet, shooting at some ships, beaming down, shooting at something else, then backtracking back and forth across the map picking up keys. These are the only tasks that game designers credit their audience as being intelligent enough to accomplish anymore; and for good reason, people are idiots. I’m getting pretty bored of the whole star trek “combat” thing too, which is about as unrealistic as it could be, in that it violates physics, even the theoretical physics that trek was once based on.

63. Paulaner - August 11, 2008

#60 and #62

Without having to put the blame on designers, it’s the nature of MMOs to be sort of “go, fight, go somewhere else, fight, find an object, fight, fight, fight”.
In my opinion, true exploration and true adventure will never work in MMOs.

64. Cpt. Retri - August 11, 2008

something tells me you’ve never played a modern-age MMO, >>62., if you had bothered to research a bit before spewing senseless bs and actually took a brief look at stuff like say, SquareEnix’s Final Fantasy XI you would’ve known that mid-endgame content of this peculiar genre of electronic entertainment is for the most part comprised of activities that require 20~64 people playing together and helping each other, aside from an astonishing level of coordination, playing skill, strategy and teamworking.

MMO’s which stress on the collaborative PvE side of the gameplay (such as FFXI) are far more than “videogames for kids” and they’re capable of strenghtening the bonds between players within the respective communities to the point the friendships that were born on the digital battlegrounds oftentimes outlast the game itself.

tl;dr: get a clue and be grateful the franchise isn’t in the hands of incompetent pseudo-software houses with hardly any experience in the field just digging for funds while pretending to develop a game.

65. Cpt. Retri - August 11, 2008

such a shallow generalization Paulaner, if only you knew how epic, disbelief suspensive and spine-chills-injecting these online games turn out to be when experienced with the right bunch of people you’d be literally enthusiast for this imminent STO release.

66. At least text-based games made you think... - August 11, 2008

#64,65

Hmm… I’ve seen this so-called strategy you speak of “captain”. I don’t mean to disrespect what you do, and there are certainly some games that are more sophisticated than others, but c’mon, the bar is still really low, and you know it.

Just because a bunch of people are putting in a myriad of different commands at the same time does not mean there that the task they are “performing’ is intellectually challenging. In fact, it suggests the opposite. I could get into the technical details with you, such as how many elements they have to keep track of and how many different tasks have to be performed and how coordinated these actions must be, but I’m sure you know that most MMO scenarios have only a few real avenues to success, and that while there may be many different apparent options many if not most of these options are more-or-less equivalent.

Furthermore, games of this type are fundamentally narrow by necessity. The program is not capable of interpreting new types of commands, you have a list of options put before you, at least one of which must be correct. This is fundamentally different from any sort of real-life intellectual challenge, which does not feature a multi-option menu explicitly spelling out every action available to you.

67. JeFF - August 11, 2008

#64, 65: Agreed.

I look forward to meeting you (and more like you) in the game!

68. Bobbyw - August 11, 2008

what the hell is with that bottom screen?
thats some sad character renders.

69. Jim - August 11, 2008

I don’t mind playing kids games, as long as they’re educational.

70. schone - August 11, 2008

age of conan renders and landscapes s*** all over this – you can tell they have put a alot of effort into this – looks like we have literally gone back to the tng era – the 1990s graphics!

71. Gary - August 11, 2008

Anthony… yes… listen those last two pics have the RGB colors all messed up, you will scare readers as they are now!

You have to change it as it is RGB and swap the colors to BGR. And it will look fine!

72. starfleetmom - August 11, 2008

Whoa! Move the slider on the video to minute 38 and THAT’S MY LITTLE GIRL!! Sophia asked how old you have to be to play the game.
That’s my Little Trekkie!

73. Jerrad Hermann - August 11, 2008

We all know that the gameplay is most important, but the graphics look like they’re six years old. Even Star Wars: Galaxies has better graphics in terms of how the people look.

I’m excited for this game, but I really hope they can make the game look better. Wooden, low-poly characters aren’t going to fly in an MMO world with Age of Conan, EQ2, and Warhammer (unless it’s WoW of course, but that’s a huge exception).

74. Holger - August 12, 2008

I would like a TOS era online game. The 25th century idea just doesn’t excite me. (I am aware that this is a clever move, because you’re not that constrained by canon in the 25th century, so there’s much more room for development and creativity.)
I’m wondering how well the 25th century will do, now that that the franchise has moved back in time again.

75. DEMODE - August 12, 2008

I’m not really liking the ship designs. Why is it whenever new ships are created for future Treks, they always seem to be weighed down by too much techno junk? To much detailing and parts “glued on” for my taste. I prefer ships that are more streamlined and graceful.

76. asc1138 - August 12, 2008

Hmmmm…..I don’t know about these gfx. They really look bad. Legacy had better gfx and that’s a 3 year old game!! I know its still early so there will be time to develop these, but so far its pretty bad. Game play looks interesting though.

77. Viking - August 12, 2008

Anthony, tell Jack I think that starship with the doughnut-shaped primary hull is pretty badass. I’ve never been into any of those RPG’s, online or otherwise, but I think I might have to give this one a shot. Just for shits and grins, if nothing else.

78. David West - August 12, 2008

It does not surprise me that different people have different views on this game.

However, I, for one, will be supporting this game 100% when it arrives, as well as I hope to be able to help with the beta testing process.

Btw, I was 6 people behind the little girl, so I did not get my question answered. Even without my questions, this game looks to be poised to be another great contribution towards the Star Trek universe.

79. doubting thomas - August 13, 2008

i just want to know how much subscription will cost, i usually don’t like subscribing to things

80. bobfred - August 13, 2008

an andorian pinkskin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

after that brief interuption:
I personaly thik that all those starships look strange, and even the one that reminds me of a soveriegn class is bizzare up-close.

also, the second picture makes me want to ask the question; if you’re a klingon, does that mean you HAVE to attack federation members? And anyway, wasn’t there a peace treaty signed at the end of the dominion war between the romulans, UFP and klingons?

the uniforms also look like those used in TNG, and it seems to me that it’s a bit odd using ‘retro’ uniforms

so, sorry for that little spiel, but I really thought I needed to comment

cheers, bobfred

81. bobfred - August 13, 2008

sorry, third picture

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