The open beta test for Star Trek online has proven very popular and Cryptic have now extended it one more day, so those participating can continue until tomorrow. More details below, plus a new Klingons video and a profile of a new ship: The Vigilant, a Defiant for the 25th century.
One more day of free open beta play
Last night Cryptic announced they will be doing one more day of Open Beta of Star Trek Online: The post states:
Red alert! Check your photon torpedo count, make sure your phaser banks are full and keep transporter room two warmed up… The Final Frontier’s first online Open Beta Test will remain operational until Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific.
We’ve experienced such an incredible response to our Open Beta Test that we’ve decided to extend the play time by a full day as a thank you to our fans. If you haven’t yet had an opportunity to check it out, come give us a look. We’ve made impressive changes, improvements and additions to Star Trek Online and the infrastructure that maintains it over the past two weeks of Open Beta. We would love for you to experience it all before we engage at maximum warp and officially launch on February 2, 2010.
Of course, these extended Open Beta Test times will not impact the planned Head Start for our supportive pre-order customers.
See you in the Sirius Sector!
The ‘head start’ is an early release of the game for those who have pre-ordered. That begins this Friday, January 29th. The official launch of the game is on Tuesday February 2nd. The head start is available for those who pre-order. You can pre-order the game from TrekMovie’s preferred retail partner Amazon (where you can select either the Standard or Collector’s Edition). The Amazon editions also include am exclusive Borg bridge officer, and a $10 credit for a future game purchase at Amazon. (Remember purchase of the game includes 30 days free trial, after that there is a monthly fee).
(Cryptic also has a list of additional retailers)
Klingons Montage Video
Here is a new Klingon montage video from Atari/Cryptic.
Ship Profile: The Vigilant
After the success of the Defiant class in the Dominion War, it was clear that small, heavily-armed starships had a role to play in Starfleet.
Production on these warships diminished in the 2380s in favor of exploration and multi-purpose vessels, and several prototypes were abandoned in the planning stages. In the early 2390s, however, tensions with the Klingon Empire and the Romulans were on the rise and Starfleet Command looked once again for ships capable of holding their own in battle that didn’t require the commitment of crew and resources of a larger vessel. The first of the new class of ships was the Vigilant.
With a design inspired by the Defiant class, the Vigilant is designed for one thing: combat. It has limited space for crew and no quarters designed for families or guests, a feature that is standard on Starfleet vessels assigned to long explorations. Also missing are many of the comforts common to Federation vessels, including recreational facilities and lounge areas. A multi-purpose space provides room for both relaxation and physical training.
- Designed as a front-line attack ship.
- Configurable for massive, single-target strikes or multi-target volleys.
- Improved phaser coils that generate more energy than previous models.
- Advanced torpedo guidance system.
Other Notable Equipment
- Two layers of ablative armor.
- Reinforced shield generators to protect against different types of energy weapons.
- Can be outfitted with tetryon, plasma or polaron weapons.
- Overall Length: 180 meters
- Overall Draft: 32 meters
- Overall Beam: 136 meters
- Displacement: 115,600 metric tons
- Reinforced Deflector Shield Generators
- Dual Ablative Armor
- Cruising: Warp Factor 7
- Maximum: Warp Factor 9.5
- Fore and Aft Type XII Phaser Arrays
- Fore and Aft Torpedo Launchers
- Phaser Cannons
More STO coming
Over the next weeks TrekMovie will have more STO coverage including first impressions, interviews and more.