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Star Trek Gaming Update: Infinite Space Details, Images & Contest + STO TOS Bundle & more March 27, 2011

by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Games,Star Trek Online , trackback

It is time once again to check in with the world of Star Trek gaming. First up we have recent video interview giving more details on Star Trek: Infinite Space, the upcoming browser game, along with some in game screenshots. And for Star Trek Online, Crytpic have released a new original series bundle that allows you to play the game old school. All that and more below. 

 

Infinite Space: New details, screenshots & video contest

This summer Gameforge will release Star Trek: Infinite Space, a free to play browser game set in the DS9 universe during the Dominion War. In this video from G4TV, Gameforge’s Ralf Adam gives more details on "Star Trek: Infinite Space", including how the free-to-play/micro-transaction model works and what could be coming from the future.

PC GamesE3 2011Star Trek: Infinite Space

Gameforge has also released this screenshot from the game.

Finally Gameforge has just announced a new video contest to win an Apple iPod Touch. To enter the contest you need to create a short video clip (max 1-2 minutes) of yourself telling the world: “I Will Play Star Trek – Infinite Space Because…” (with the answers coming from you of course). The contest will run from Today (March 22nd) until April 5th (23:59 GMT). To enter, upload your video on YouTube (or other video site) and post a link on the official forum (or email link to contest@startrek-is.com). The 10 videos deemed best will be posted on the official Facebook page on April 11th and the video with the most likes after April 15th (14:00 GMT) wins.

STO: TOS pack + Multi-vector ship + more

Is Star Trek Online too 25th century for you? If so, Cryptic has put all their TOS era stuff into one bundle (for 1400 Atari Points), including  TOS Federation ship interior, TOS Federation Bridge, access to Federation Shuttlecraft Class F, TOS-style Type 2 Phaser Variant, and 3 TOS Federation Costume Packs (TOS Dress Uniform, Medical Uniform and Command Tunic). More details at the C-Store, and here is a promo video.

Earlier Cryptic introduced the Federation Multi-Vector Advanced Escort (based on the USS Prometheus seen on Voyager), and now the ship is available for 1200 Atari Tokens at the C-Store, and here is a video showing off what it can do (via PWIFoxy).

And finally, here is this weeks episode of the excellent STO podcast, STOked.

 

 

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Jim West
March 27, 2011 2:00 pm

I will play one day…

Bryan
March 27, 2011 2:49 pm

does this ipod touch contest mean infinite space will be playable on it? I hope so.

Naver Drol
March 27, 2011 3:14 pm

For once I’d like to see a game where the different ships are shown to scale. I know that they probably are going for that level of detail in ‘Infinite Space’, but in Star Trek Online the sizes on some of the ships seem to be more then a little bit off.

Shunnabunich
March 27, 2011 3:47 pm

@2: If I remember correctly, ST:IS is being made using the Unity engine/development environment, which can also build for iOS, among other platforms. Whether they actually plan to release Infinite Space on the App Store is another question altogether.

Dr. Cheis
March 27, 2011 5:11 pm
I’m a bit concerned about Ralf Adam’s description of paid content. Although overall the approach seems appropriate, the idea of “rare or epic” items (whatever those might be) being able to be purchases in addition to their normal method of being acquired does seem to give an advantage to players with extra money compared to those who would try to gain the same items through gameplay exclusively. They ought to charge money only for cosmetic content, not stuff that has any kind of competitive advantage. Granted, he was being a bit vague, but it sounds like this is where the… Read more »
March 27, 2011 8:08 pm
#5: As a game developer, I might have a little additional insight into that. The biggest concern with micro transaction purchases to a lot of players is just as you state it: that someone with more money to buy rare or epic level items in an MMO (these are higher quality items with greater stats) has an advantage. However, at least in terms of MMOs, couldn’t you also consider time to be a form of currency? For instance, if I have time to play 40 hours a week (the requisite for acquiring such high quality items is usually on par… Read more »
Dr. Cheis
March 27, 2011 10:09 pm
#6: Players with more time certainly have an advantage over those without it. To me, something just feels dirty though about also giving an advantage to players with money. It makes more sense to reward players for playing your game than reward them for having cash, but that seems to be where games are headed these days. I foresee a day when the best stuff in games will *only* be available for extra money. I was originally going to refrain from comparing a Star Trek game to World of Warcraft for the hundredth time, but one thing they get right… Read more »
terranguy93
March 28, 2011 6:05 am

I really hate the cost of the TOS Bundle.

It is incomplete and overpriced at 1400 (and that is with the uniforms).
Without it, its just extortion.

They put the most effort into extra paid content and then the rest of the game is suffering.

Holger
March 28, 2011 7:17 am

I dig the TOS pack. Maybe I’ll start playing now.

DS9 IN PRIME TIME
March 28, 2011 8:22 am

pretty cool

ChanceTR
March 28, 2011 11:03 am

Maybe someone can help me, I bout the STO disk with the free 30-day trial, got in in the computer, followed all the instructions. However, now the box pops up and it tells me its patching and that I have something like 3000mg left to go (which will take hours). Now in all honesty I am not a totally computer savy person, I know the basics, but I’m no programmer. Did anyone else have similar problems and if so how were they resolved?

Thanks

Lord Garth, Formerly of Izar
March 28, 2011 11:07 am

TOS!! Way cool!!!
all the next Genie stuff looks like overly bright neon Christmas orniment poopoo

Besides any era that puts kindergarten’s on their fleet battleships wouldn’t last too long in a combat situation.

The TOS Purist aka The Purolator
March 28, 2011 11:26 am

Yep, they are CLEARLY regretting not making it a TOS-themed game from the start. Even moreso than everything else they’ve done so far…

We’ve had enough TNG-era games, but no TOS-era…these guys were stupid to think a TNG game would be interesting.

Pointing out the Obvious
March 28, 2011 12:21 pm
@11 You’re playing the game that is a year old and has had 3 major content patches that added a slew of features to the game. The actual size of the patch is roughly half that, since its compressed heavily. This is the reality of any MMO, when you first start using it, be prepared for a big download for patches. Just be glad that Cryptic’s servers (which are Direct download only) are faster then others, unlike Blizzard’s which can be slow, or extremely fast (since they use a P2P Torrent system to distribute patches). Do what I did: Patch… Read more »
Allenburch
March 28, 2011 3:03 pm

5. Dr. Cheis
6. NFXstudios

What I love about Cryptic’s approach is that there are no “rare” or “epic” items in the game, either purchased or some rare boss drop. The difference between items that are labeled “Very Rare”, “Rare”, “Uncommon”, “Common” are very slight so that items are not what makes a player.

Rather, what separates players from common to elite is research and brains.

If you decide to play, send me a tell and I’ll get you started with some gear.

Ryan Spooner
March 28, 2011 3:39 pm

#7 and others….

If somebody is going to be a freeloader and essentially get a “free ride”, why shouldn’t it be harder for them to get good equipment? You get what you pay for after all, and they’ve got to recoup the dev costs for the game somehow.

March 28, 2011 4:26 pm

Wow. I’ll have to read this later.

The TOS stuff is almost getting me to buy this product..

Allenburch
March 28, 2011 6:02 pm

16. TrekMadMeWonder

(( SPOILERS BELOW ))

The TOS stuff is fun, but wait till you play some of the missions that take you to K-7 and other iconic TOS places. (Fighting the Doomsday Device was a complete ton of fun)

…or be sent back in time by the Guardian of Forever from 2409 to 2270 and assist the #1 Vulcan of all time, Spock, (Leornard Nimoy himself voices), to stop a group of augmented Klingons. Whooooh what a ride!!!

March 28, 2011 11:18 pm

Allenbuch:

It does look very intriging. Thank god they addressed the TOS fans!

Mystic Goat
March 29, 2011 1:19 am

Can someone tell me how much RL money it takes to buy 1400 Atari Points please ?

Allenburch
March 29, 2011 10:37 am

20. Mystic Goat

$6.95 for 500 Atari Tokens. You can purchase in increments of 500 up to 5000. It’s best to wait for a “Holiday Sale” to spend tokens.

I personally have spent very little in tokens as they are not necessary for gameplay, but you can buy some “fun” things with them. I think the most useful item to purchase with tokens are extra Bridge Officer slots.

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