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Star Trek Online Season 5 Goes Live December 1, 2011

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

Today the massive multiplayer online game Star Trek Online has just been given another big update with the release of Season 5. The new update titled "Call To Arms" contains new missions for both the Federation and the Klingons along with a number of new features. This update is the last big revamp before next months transition to a free-to-play model. See below for more details.

 

Star Trek Online Season 5

Cryptic (now part of Perfect World) have launched their latest big update to the Star Trek Online MMORPG. The new update titled "Season 5: Call To Arms" has new features and new missions. Here are some highlights:


New Duty Officer System


The Borg are advancing in Season 5


More Klingon content for Season 5

The new changes have been running on the Tribble test server for a while and the folks at the STO Academy have put together a couple of videos showing some of the new features. (Note video from test server so there may be changes to final design)

For more details on Season 5 visit the official STO site.

Free To Play Coming January 17th

As reported earlier, Star Trek Online is transition to a new optional "free to play" model where there will be two choices on how to play the game: Gold member (subscription) and Silver member (free). While you can play the game for free with Silver, some options and features require purchase. See the F2P Matrix for more details.

 

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Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire
December 1, 2011 6:55 pm

Can’t wait to try the Free play. Everything looks great and from what I am told. A lot of Fun to play. Oh and 1st. Like anyone really cares. Lol.

Atlantians
December 1, 2011 6:58 pm

Anyone see anything worth renewing one’s account for?

PEB
December 1, 2011 7:08 pm

hey Anthony, any rumblings about the 2012 Trek game? That beta teaser trailer looked great!

Pensive's Wetness
December 1, 2011 7:58 pm

damn and i was planning on dropping my subscription from lack of playing… hmm… time to spend an hour updating again…

Pensive's Wetness
December 1, 2011 8:00 pm

oh and Mr Harry Ballz? i used your name as a red shirt Kuritan Jenner pilot on my son’s first Battletech campaign. you got crushed via a DFA from a Wasp…derp.

December 1, 2011 10:06 pm
The game is addictive, and at times I find myself saying things out loud: “Rotate shield frequencies” “Brace for impact!” “Take us to warp Mr….” The variables in the game are practically endless. I’m paying for it now, and will continue (assuming paying the extra has benefit). There are parts of the game that need better explanations, namely developing skills. I had racked up an extra 900 skill points (unused) before I realized there were more skills (scroll down). Overall it’s fun. You start as an ensign, and your command crew is killed. It’s up to you to get your… Read more »
Viking
December 1, 2011 11:22 pm

Anthony! You’re back! Thank God all those rumors about your PSA test were false. We thought you were in a hospice unit, pecking at the keyboard of your netbook with a straw clenched in your teeth. When you had the strength to lift your head, that is.

*lol*

Allenburch
December 1, 2011 11:49 pm

Thanks for the STO news update Anthony!

njdss4
December 2, 2011 2:21 am

@ #2 Atlantians: There’s no need to renew your account, just wait until the middle of next month and it’ll be free-to-play. It’ll be great to have more features than when I briefly subscribed to the game, and yet I won’t have to pay for it anymore. I still have my Amazon pre-order copy that gave me a Borg Bridge Officer. Can’t wait for January!

Gordon Ramsey's knife
December 2, 2011 5:46 am

THIS GAME TOTALLY BLOWS

SupremeDalekOnTheBridge
December 2, 2011 7:08 am

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Aqua
December 2, 2011 7:39 am

BTW, they’ve been lying about more Klingon content for 2 years now and haven’t put up a single thing even though they say they will with each season release.

Also, they actively screwed over their paying members for the conversion to F2P, taking away half of their time-based currency because they don’t want there to be too much money in the system when all the F2P people join.

I am boycotting STO and all Cryptic games.

trek dead
December 2, 2011 8:07 am

STO goes free to play in feb next year, got to go and get ready for another beta test if star wars the old republic

Curious George!
December 2, 2011 11:40 am

Does anyone know if F2P will be available on both Windows and Mac! I so want to play this game! Cheers!

=A=
December 2, 2011 12:48 pm

yuck rip off payment monthly!!!

MONGO
December 2, 2011 12:53 pm

Mongo want know if game work on Atari? It only game Mongo good at.

Symar
December 2, 2011 2:59 pm

It has been months since I have had more motivation to play this game than Freecell. I may have to give it another try.

TerranGuy93
December 2, 2011 9:43 pm

I don’t totally hate STO but as a long term subscriber, this season is the worst they’ve ever released.

Season 5: Call to Arms is a horrible title and calling it Season 5 is ridiculous. It’s mostly stuff that should have been in Season 4.

Better titles would be:

Season 4.1 : Grind for Arms
or
Season 4.1: We’ll take those Arms (and possible those legs)

Most of the “new stuff” is made to either to force you through horrible grind or make you pay money.

It’s really sad after the upswing they had earlier this year.

December 3, 2011 9:15 pm
Season 5 is a huge plus for Star Trek Online. Respec’ing is now balanced toward skills and doesn’t lock players into spending points for ship-type but instead allows points to be spent on skills. Very nice. Duty Officers allows us to “do more” in the game and makes it very interactive; and I can see where this would benefit the RPG’ers out there who dream of more content instead of more PvP. PvP seems more-balanced, with the new update. For once I can hold my own against Klingons and not get pummeled in the first second of a battle. This… Read more »
Evo@Droc-lionia
December 5, 2011 12:58 pm

[Quote: trek dead/] – December 2, 2011
STO goes free to play in feb next year, got to go and get ready for another beta test if star wars the old republic [/Quote]
It goes live Jan 17th, not feb. I heard moterate feedback of SWTOR but certainly not great feedback. One key point is that if your into ‘space’ game’s then SWTOR is not for you & STO is the best game of its field – hands down. SWTOR is mainly ground based and I’m sure everyone else can also see that for themselves. Thanks

TerranGuy93
December 6, 2011 10:46 am

Oh, now they started the stipends and continue to show utter hate and contempt to long term subscribers.

I pre-ordered so I have to wait till the latter end of the month.

Someone who just bought it last month gets it before me.

Why? Because he bought it on the 4th of the month and I bought it on the 18th of the month.

Stay away from Cryptic if you value your money.

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