Star Trek Online got off to a big start yesterday (see previous article) and already Cryptic is talking about having to expand their server capacity to deal with the load. We have details on that plus info on a contest to make the best character backstory. Finally, we have video demo on using 3rd party voice control software with STO, allowing you to issue orders Star Trek style.
Cryptic to increase servers by this weekend
Yesterday Atari and Cryptic were boasting about how many people have made accounts on their sites (bearing in mind you can make an account even if you haven’t bought the game). Regardless, Star Trek Online appears to be a bigger success than anticipated. To deal with the load they are promising more servers, this was posted today:
Increased Server Capacity Coming Soon
We just wanted to update you on our in-game server capacity status. Throughout Head Start we noticed the overwhelming response to the game and we are working on changes to further increase the number of people who can play Star Trek Online at any given time. Our current plan is to have these changes in place sometime this coming weekend. We will, of course, keep you updated on progress as it happens.
Really, we just want to thank you all again for your continued support and patience. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be here.
-The Star Trek Online Team
Ultimate Character Contest
One of the cool features of the Star Trek Online game is that you can create a backstory for your character. Although totally optional, it can be fun to come up with an elaborate past for your online Star Trek self. And if you have come up with something really creative you can win a new contest being put on by Atari. The top prize is a collection of original Star Trek comics (more than 500 issues) ranging from 1967 – 2002, valued at $4750. 10 runners up will get the GIT CD-ROM Star Trek Comic Book Collection. Entries must be made by February 19th. Rules and more info on how to enter at atari.com/startrekcontest.
Voice Command with Star Trek Online
In Star Trek Online you can do all of the things you are used to seeing on the TV show. Like when you control you ship you can various maneuvers you can use, power allocation, firing phasers, etc. In the game you can use your mouse or keyboard shortcuts (like the up arrow diverts power to the forward shields or the E key increases your speed. But what if you want to yell out your orders like Captain Sisko or Picard? Well someone WeGame has put up a tutorial on how you can do just that by using E-Speaking voice recognition software. Here is a video showing off how it works.
Get your copy of Star Trek Online today, available at Amazon and other retailers.
(NOTE: first month is free with purchase)