Much of the pre-release info on MMORPG Star Trek Online has been about features, graphics, factions, and other gaming bullet points, but STO is also aiming to bring in Star Trek fans. Today we have more from Atari on how that is being done. First up we have details on Zachary Quinto’s role for the game. Plus we have Atari’s "Top 10 Trekkie reasons to get excited about STO" and their "Top 10 Trek locations".
Zachary Quinto to voice tutorial EMH in Star Trek Online
Zachary Quinto entered the lore of Star Trek this summer in the hit Star Trek movie playing the new Mr. Spock. Over the weekend during the Video Game Awards, Quinto announced he would play a role in the upcoming MMORPG Star Trek Online, which is set in the 25th century. Today Atari confirmed that Quinto will play the part of an Emergency Medical Hologram and will voice the tutorial, teaching fans how to explore the Star Trek Online universe, improve their characters, attain higher ranks, and succeed in space combat and on away missions.
In a statement Atari President & CEO Jim Wilson said:
Zachary Quinto has inspired both new and long-time Star Trek fans through his extraordinary portrayal of Spock in 2009’s Star Trek. We are thrilled to have him participate in Star Trek Online as players get set to explore this whole new chapter of the beloved universe.
And Quinto added:
Being a part of the Star Trek universe has been an incredible experience for me. Extending that experience into the gaming space – and sharing it with gamers and trek enthusiasts around the world – makes it even more exciting.
As noted in our article over the weekend, the inclusion of Quinto shows a big commitment to the fans on the part of Atari and Cryptic.
Quinto at Video Game Awards on Saturday
(Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty Images)
Atari’s Top 10 reasons Star Trek fans will love Star Trek Online
And if Zachary Quinto helping you learn how to play the game isn’t enough, Atari has provided us with their 10 things Trekkies will love about Star Trek Online.
10. Dropping by Quark’s.
At one point operated by an unscrupulous Ferengi bartender turned Grand Nagus, Quark’s bar and gambling establishment sits on Deep Space Nine’s famed Promenade between the Alpha and Gamma quadrants. It’s a watering hole all walks of life have visited… Cardassians, Dominion, Klingon, Federation, you name it. Whether you’re fresh off a mission from the Badlands or thinking about trying your luck on the other side of the Bajoran wormhole, Quark’s is the best and only place to grab a cold one.
9. You’re the captain.
Who hasn’t wanted to shout, “Engage!” and actually go to Warp? We got you covered. Right from the beginning, you’re the Captain – the decisions you make affect the outcome of everything you do in Star Trek Online, from the missions you accept to the Bridge Officers you employ. At the helm of your ship, you decide when to fire your weapons, when your Bridge Officers use their special abilities and where your ship goes. On the ground, you command a squad of your best crew to take objectives, keep the peace and explore new worlds.
8. A Risa Holiday
Dreamed of vacationing on Risa? Take your best swimsuit and spend shore leave on the quadrant’s number one paradise world. Not even an ill-conceived plot to muck with the weather can ruin your stay. Remember: What happens in Risa, stays in Risa.
7. Adventures in Time Travel
If you’ve ever wanted to fly alongside the Enterprise Kirk and Spock made famous – and who hasn’t? – this is your chance. Several Episodes (special mission arcs designed to feel exactly like an episode of Star Trek) will take you back in time to interact with famous Starfleet personalities. Maybe we’ll work out a way to let you create your own virtual grandfather paradox for your avatar!
They’re born pregnant, or so Bones believed. Despite the Klingon Empire’s crusade to eradicate them from existence, in 2409 Tribbles are alive and well, and still the bane of every son of Kahless’ existence. Sometimes, the enemy of your enemy is still your enemy. Especially when they can reproduce faster than Jim Kirk can ignore a direct order from Starfleet.
5. The Guardian of Forever
If you’ve followed STO’s development at all, or hit the convention circuit in 2009, you’ll know the Guardian of Forever is “alive” and well in 2409, and you’ll be able to interact with the enigmatic, sentient rock that sends people hurtling through time itself.
4. Sunset on Vulcan
Visit Vulcan, the place where logic was invented! Vulcan is just one of many iconic locations you can visit in Star Trek Online, and certainly a great place to meet a potential Science officer.
3. Your Very Own Bridge
Sit in your own captain’s chair on your own bridge and order your own subordinates about. Or, head over to a friend’s bridge and exchange battle tactics, Starfleet gossip, or a cup of tea, earl grey, hot. You can select from over 20 bridges to call home at launch, and we’ll be adding more as we go.
2. For the Honor of the Empire.
Grab your best Bat’leth and a cask of blood wine and head to the Neutral Zone to duke it out with the gutless Federation, or battle within different houses to prove your nobility. Bloodthirsty player-vs.-player combat has never been better, or made so much sense.
"Numbah one, set a course for planet Earth, Sol system, February 2, 2010 … Engage!"
Atari’s Top 10 Star Trek locations
And here are their top 10 Star Trek locations to visit in the game (some of which were also on their top 10 reasons list above).
Deep Space Nine
The Guardian of Forever
Space Station K-7
Star Trek Online coming February 2nd
The release of Star Trek Online is coming faster and faster. We have more STO updates this week with new video and screenshots and more, so stay tuned
You can pre-order the regular or collector’s edition of STO at Amazon.