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This week Cryptic CEO Jack Emmert addressed the question over whether Star Trek Online will follow Champions Online to the free to play model. Plus STO’s executive producer also talked about the possible addition of the Romulans as a playable faction. Details below.
Star Trek Online could follow Champions to freemium model
Last week we reported that Cryptic recently announced their Champions Online game is going to move from a subscription only model to a choice between subscription or a free-to-playmodel. This week Cryptic CEO Jack Emmert talked to Eurogamer about how this decision may impact Star Trek Online, saying:
Emmert: I’m sure people are wondering whether we’ll do it with Star Trek and the question is really how well it does for Champions. We’re not sold one way or the other with Star Trek yet. If people want Star Trek to go free-to-play then get in and play Champions and help make it a great success, because that would send a strong message.
This new move in the industry towards free-to-play was inspired by publisher Turbine who has seen success with Dungeons & Dragons Online and Lord of the Rings Online. They have found that letting players play the game for free but charging for specific items ends up attracting more players (and doubling their revenue).
Stahl talks Romulans
Another peek into the future of Star Trek Online came from the latest "Ask Cyrptic," where Executive Producer Dan Stahl answered fan questions on various aspects of the game. Most was related to short term stuff, but Stahl was also asked about the future of the Romulans in the game:
Stahl: We are in fact discussing Romulans and how to get more of their story and faction into the game. We have always talked about the next faction we add to the game being Romulan. This would involve them having their own ships and storyline content. It is a big endeavor and as we’ve learned with the KDF, not something we could do in the span of a single update. So our long term plans are working on ways to start tackling this over multiple updates but I’ve no specific dates to give on when you’ll see a Romulan playable faction.
As usual, a great way to keep up with STO is to watch the vidcast from the guys at STOked. This latest episode discusses news and the most recent Halloween themed episode "What Lies Beneath".