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Star Trek Online Now Available Free To Play January 17, 2012

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

Today is 17th of January, or 1701, which is the date that Cryptic decided to launch the new Free To Play version of Star Trek Online. If you have wanted to give the MMORPG a try (or wanted to return to the game), you can be begin your adventure today, for free. See below for more details and the new F2P launch trailer.

 

Star Trek Online now "Free To Play"

If you have been curious about the Star Trek Online massive multiplayer game, now is the time to check it out. Cryptic have transitioned the game to a new free to play model so you can launch your ship with no monthly subscription.

Every player in Star Trek Online is a captain with a ship. You choose a career path, you choose which missions to take, and you can even choose to play for the Klingon Empire. Gameplay takes place in space and on strange new worlds.

Star Trek Online also offers customization of your character, your ship, your crew, your uniform, and more. You can even build missions using the Foundry system.

You can spend your time in combat or exploring. And now you can do it all for free.

Here is the brand new launch trailer for Star Trek Online Free To Play…

And here is the new opening cutscene for the game…

If you have a PC (that meets the minimum specs) and you are ready to try Star Trek Online for free, sign up now.

How Free to play works

As of now there are two ways to play Star Trek Online. You can play with a free "Silver" account or with a "Gold" monthly subscription of $14.99. This Features Matrix from Cryptic shows the difference between the two accounts.

  Gold Members
$14.99 Monthly (or Lifetime)
Silver Players
Free
All Sectors and Missions Unlimited Access Unlimited Access
PVP Access Unlimited Access Unlimited Access
Fleet Actions Unlimited Access Unlimited Access
Events and Dailies Unlimited Access Unlimited Access
Feature Episode Series Unlimited Access Unlimited Access
Special Task Forces Unlimited Access Unlimited Access
Klingon Play Unlocked at Level 25 Unlocked at Level 25
Classes
(Tactical, Science, Engineer)
Unlimited Access Unlimited Access
Default Playable Species Unlimited Access Unlimited Access
Premium Playable Species Unlockable Unlockable
Join a Fleet (Guild) Unlimited Access Unlimited Access
Create a Fleet (Guild) Unlimited Access Limited
Energy Credit Storage Limit Limited Limited
Dilithium Refinement Cap 8k per day 8k per day
Character Slots 3 2
Additional Bridge Officer Slots +2 Additional Slots Per Rank +1 Additional Slot Per Rank
Max Free Inventory 72 42
Max Free Bank Inventory 108 48
Costume / Uniform Slots 3 Free 3 Free
Captain Retrain Token (Respec) 1 Free Per Rank
Veteran Rewards
Purchasable
Purchasable
Foundry Creator Access Unlimited Unlockable
Foundry Project Slots 8 Unlockable
Playable Foundry Content Unlimited Access Unlimited Access
Premium Ships Purchasable Purchasable
Veteran Rewards Automatic Not Available
Priority Login Free Not Available
In-Game Chat Unlimited Access Limited
In-Game Mail Unlimited Access Limited
Forums Unlimited Access Limited
Customer Service Unlimited Limited
In-Game Vivox Voice Chat No Advertisements Ad-supported
Monthly Stipend 400 Promotional Points Unavailable

More information on Free to Play at startrekonline.com/f2p.

 

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1. The_Grand_Nagus - January 17, 2012

In a nutshell:

1) You can play every single mission in the game for free

2) There are some cool items in the game store, but you dont actually need any of them to play.

3) You can now trade in game currency for game store points, so you have a way to earn the items in the game store without spending any real money.

2. Luke Sutton ("The Doctor") - January 17, 2012

Lightyears ahead from when it was released, Star Trek: Online is an excellent, fun and ever-improving game. Well worth AT LEAST a few hours of your time.

3. Jason S. - January 17, 2012

For the first time, I’m thinking about it.

4. John from Cincinnati - January 17, 2012

Only if I can Captain the Constitution class starship and wear the TOS uniforms

5. somethoughts - January 17, 2012

Gonna try it

6. Mark Lynch - January 17, 2012

Just looked at downloading this, it wants to put some form of peer-to-peer file sharing software on your PC to download the full game.
As I have rules on my router to specifically block P2P software, I guess I won’t be getting this until a different release method is used.

7. joe1306 - January 17, 2012

#4 you can

8. Nick Duguid (Tumerboy) - January 17, 2012

It’s exciting times. Come join us!

9. captain_neill - January 17, 2012

Can you play it on an iMac?

10. Bobby - January 17, 2012

1701 (today) also happens to be my birthday. I’ve always liked the coincidence. I must have been destined to be a Star Trek fan. :)

11. Romulus - January 17, 2012

@ 4
The original CONNIE and TOS uniforms are available from the cryptic store.
but you have to pay for them.

12. Drij - January 17, 2012

Still seams like a shitty game.

13. gumtuu - January 17, 2012

started today again since my free trial. Does seem improved. Before there was no starfleet academy or even decks to walk on on your ship. Now there is. pointless perhaps, but gives it a more STAR Trek feel to walk the decks of your own ship.

Like it more than the first time so far. :)

14. Cap'n Calhoun - January 17, 2012

Your “minimum specs” link isn’t a real hyperlink.

15. The_Grand_Nagus - January 17, 2012

@11, no you dont. See my 3rd point in the first reply.

16. Aqua - January 17, 2012

In a nutshell:

1) You can play every single mission in the game for free

2) In a few days you realize why the game is free.

17. Browncoat1984 - January 17, 2012

#12 have you played it? No? Then don’t comment on it until you played it and you have no excuse not to now that its free.

18. Romulus - January 17, 2012

@ 15
Thanks for the pointer :), I didn’t know that.
anyone know how many credits i need to spend for say 400 points?

19. NX01 - January 17, 2012

# 16 I think every mission in the game is great.
At any rate this game is just really good Star Trek. Give it a shot people.

20. Chris H. - January 17, 2012

#18:

Last I looked an individual C-Store point was selling for around 300 Dilithium. So you’ll definitely have to do a bit of grinding.

On the other hand, for $6.25 you can just buy 500 points.

21. Khan was Framed! - January 17, 2012

“Free to play”?

Hardly, I’d have to shell out for a PC to play this because Cryptic don’t accomidate those of us who can affford a high quality computer.

No thanks.

Wake me up when this is available for everyone.

I am tired of being discrimated against by companies like this because of my choice of products.

22. The_Grand_Nagus - January 17, 2012

For those that arent aware, this game also has a user generated content system, which means you can create your own missions as well as play others:

http://www.startrekonline.com/foundry

Free players can play unlimited UGC missions, although they have to purchase slots to create them(which can be purchased with either real money or in game currency). You can purchase 4 mission slots for 10k dillithium(and you earn 1400 dillithium per daily mission).

23. Chris H. - January 17, 2012

@21: You are not being discriminated against. Software developers — and this is NOT a new phenomenon — make decisions based upon the cost to develop a Mac version versus the amount of revenue they’d earn.

Surely you were aware of this when you chose to go Mac.

Personally I like Macs, but I have a PC because there are a number of applications (beyond games like STO) that require Windows.

But if it makes you feel better to think this is Cryptic’s fault…go ahead.

24. Chris H. - January 17, 2012

Hey Anthony…the poll doesn’t seem to work, or at least work on Chrome. No matter which answer I pick, when I click Vote it says, “Please choose a valid poll answer.”

Also, if I try to view the results, nothing happens.

Just FYI.

25. DeShonn Steinblatt - January 17, 2012

Free is good.

26. VZX - January 17, 2012

I bought a MacBook Pro a year ago when my 5th PC crashed. I have not looked back and never will. I’m a Mac convert for life.

Too bad I can’t play this game, though. It looks cool.

27. Canadianknight - January 17, 2012

#26 – Same here. I used to be a network admin… bought my first Mac a few years back, mostly because I was doing audio editing.

I’ll never go back to PCs. Pity… this does look kinda cool.

28. Chris H. - January 17, 2012

Check the Star Trek Online forums; a number of users have gotten STO running on Macs.

But keep in mind, it’s not officially supported, so tech support won’t give you any assistance.

29. Markus McLaughlin (@MarkusMcLaughln) - January 17, 2012

Mac users : Try VirtualBox.org, install Windows with it OR try CrossOver Games which supports STO! :D

30. HarryH523 - January 17, 2012

@21 and @26: There are simple programs that allow you to install and utilize windows on a Mac. The most common one that I know of is BootCamp. Feel free to try it if you wish to try this experience. I am not a fan of Mac’s and don’t imagine I ever will be but I would be glad to help a fellow trek fan out to get a good experience.

31. Simon - January 17, 2012

#26-27…couldn’t handle a car so they bought a Segway.

32. Paul Fitz - January 18, 2012

#24, same on Firefox.

33. Captain Conrad - January 18, 2012

What a fantastic trailer! I was going to go to bed, but now I’m logging onto STO!

34. jim - January 18, 2012

MAC’s are for people that don’t know how to maintain a computer.

35. njdss4 - January 18, 2012

@ The_Grand_Nagus: It’s true that you can spend in-game dilithium to get C-Store Points and never have to spend any money out of pocket, but the exchange rate is absolutely horrid. Last I checked, it was at about 300 Dilithium for ONE C-Store Point.

If a ship costs 1600CP, that means you’ll have to amass 480,000 Dilithium to get it. You can only convert 8,000 raw ore a day. That means you’d have to play enough to get all 8,000 dilithium every day for TWO MONTHS so that you can buy enough points for a single ship out of the C-Store.

STO is a mediocre MMO. It should definitely be worth a try for all the hardcore Trek fans who come here since it’s free, but you’ll probably hit the level cap in a week or two and then have nothing to do.

36. captain_neill - January 18, 2012

Is it confirmed that you can’t play it for free on the Mac? I have a friend who said you probably can.

Can someone confirm this for me as I would like to try this game.

37. Barchester - January 18, 2012

Yay! Mac versus PC fight!

Seriously though, it’s absurd. People deliberately chose to buy a ‘different’ computer, fulling aware that there are lots of applications not running on it (and vice versa), and that’s fine, to each their own. But don’t complain about it afterwards of try and put the blame on a developer; you made the choice yourselves. And as other people have said already: there are workarounds. Agreed with #34 by the way, if you maintain your computer you shouldn’t be able to “crash 5 of them.” You’re doing something wrong then.

And on a side note: can’t say I appreciate the typical Mac-snobbery of people like #21, but that’s the internet nowadays.

And on a more positive note (really, sorry, this Mac vs. PC thing really gets on my nerves each time I read it concerning gaming): downloading right now. Curious as to how the game plays these days.

38. VZX - January 18, 2012

Wow. Ok. I guess I am an idiot since I enjoy my Mac. Yeah, I crashed my PCs since I believe that when I spend a lot of money on something that I would not have to constantly fix it. And I used to work on cars and motorcycles a lot when I was a teenager. But now that I am 37, I don’t have the time to work on my car so I bought a Saturn and didn’t need to lift the hood since (other than changing filters/oil/plugs).

Whatever happened to IDIC?

While I’m bummed this game isn’t offered on Mac, and I appreciate those of you with the Windows work-around suggestions, I am not angry at the game-makers. I am fully aware of the number of things not offered on Mac when I bought it. I use Excel, Word, and Access a lot at work so I had to get the MS Office add-on.

31. Simon: Ouch. Really? How about we time who can change drum brakes the fastest. On a car, not a Segway.

39. VZX - January 18, 2012

34: Macs are for people who might not have the time to fix their computer often.

Guys, I am not saying that Macs are better than PCs. They each have their pros and cons. As someone said, to each their own. I use a PC at work but a Mac at home. But why all the hate directed towards those that enjoy their Macs? What did Apple ever do to you?

40. Chris H. - January 18, 2012

The hate, I suspect, isn’t directed at Macs or Mac users in general. Personally I like Macs, and I’d use one if I could.

The hate gets directed at nitwits like #21.

41. FlyingWok - January 18, 2012

For all the Mac users who can’t play STO because it’s Windows only, have you considered using Apple’s “Boot Camp” functionality? Check it out here: http://www.apple.com/support/bootcamp/

You’ll still need to purchase a license for Windows (which can be as cheap as $99 if you buy a non-transferable OEM license), but it’ll give you the ability to run Windows natively on your Apple machine, while also keeping your usual OS X intact.

Truly, one could say that this is… “The Best of Both Worlds”

(Cue the groans! ^_^)

I’ve seen other users mention using computer virtualization software like VirtualBox — I would recommend against that since you’ll usually see a performance hit and probably have a sub-optimal gaming experience.

Boot camp would be your best bet — I have many Mac-owning friends who use Boot Camp and Windows to play games while doing their daily productivity work in OS X.

42. Orb of the Emissary - January 18, 2012

How about on my iPad?? ;-)

#10- Happy Birthday!! That is an AWESOME date to have for your birthday!!

43. VZX - January 18, 2012

41: Thanks for the suggestion. I might try that.

“Best of Both Worlds.” Heh.

44. Vad_Baxter - January 18, 2012

@34 MACS are for people that like to get things done and not have to worry about it getting a virus while using the calculator that comes with the OS.

45. Chris H. - January 18, 2012

See, its posts like #44 that get non-Mac users all worked up.

You like Macs? Cool. They’re great computers with a great OS. More power to you. Other people choose Windows (or Linux) for a variety of reasons, many of them good. Freedom of choice is awesome.

But why the need to take potshots? Are you that insecure about your decision? You shouldn’t be.

46. VZX - January 18, 2012

Yo. Coke vs Pepsi. Macs vs PCs. Roddenberry Trek vs Berman Trek vs Abrams Trek.

People are people so why should it be? You and I should along get so awfully?

47. spocklet - January 18, 2012

“Best of Both Worlds”, hahahaha !!

Seems to me that when it come to the decision between PC or MAC, it’s a case of “To Boldy Go” or “Where Silence Has Lease”. Ok, you can start groaning now !! :D

I use a pc laptop, which can handle most mmo games without too many problems (lag, mostly), so it’ll be interesting to see if STO works ok !!

48. Chris H. - January 18, 2012

In terms of requirements…STO will run on reasonably old/crappy equipment.

My main gaming machine is an Asus gaming laptop, but it just got sent off for repair so I’m using my work laptop. It’s a mediocre Core2Duo with Intel HD graphics, but I can run STO without lag or crashing.

Mind you, I have most of the graphics turned down. It looks…not very good.

But I can play missions, run STFs, etc. just fine.

49. PEB - January 18, 2012

would it have been too much to ask to put it on a console? ps3 got DC Universe Online. This would have been a nice Xbox360/PC exclusive. Since it’s not, I’ll just have to wait for the game that’ll be released later this year in the Abrams’ alternate universe.

50. Chris H. - January 18, 2012

#49: I dunno; I’m not sure how well this game would’ve worked out on a console. DC Universe got it mostly because it was produced by Sony Online Entertainment.

Had Microsoft written STO, I’m sure we would’ve gotten an X-Box version.

51. Ctrl-Opt-Del - January 18, 2012

@38. VZX – January 18, 2012 – “Whatever happened to IDIC?”

Tell that to #Khan was Framed!, they’re the one who’s being elitist & condescending towards people using a different platform with their remark of “I’d have to shell out for a PC to play this because Cryptic don’t accomidate those of us who can affford a high quality computer.”

I’m not sure if I could ever bring myself to buy a Mac. Not because I don’t like them – they’re perfectly good, nice to use machines – just because I’d hate knowing I was giving smug satisfaction to self-satisfied, self righteous fools like #Khan was Framed!; who’d see it as me “admitting” they were “right” that Macs are “better” than PCs (whereas, really, all computers have their pros & cons).

P.S. The 17th was my birthday also! 17/01 FTW! :-P

52. Destructor1701 - January 18, 2012

That trailer actually makes it look, somehow… not… crap!

53. Mutant-Child - January 18, 2012

Why the hell should I contaminate my iMac with Windows??? STO is not THAT important…

54. AJ - January 18, 2012

Macbook owner I know (real story): “You know what’s so cool? There was a crack in my Macbook, so i called the Apple Store (NYC), and made an appointment. All I had to do was walk down to the store, which was really crowded. I waited a bit, but they took me fairly quickly. They said ‘pick it up in two weeks’ and even offered me a 3-year guarantee for $29.95 per year! Next time I won’t have to pay for it! Wow!”

HP laptop owner (me): “My hard-disk crashed in my HP, still under warranty. I called HP, they sent me a postage-paid box with packing materials. Packed it, walked across the street to the Post Office, sent it. It was back in seven days.”

Macbook owner: “That’s not so great…Have you ever even been to an Apple Store?”

55. Vad_Baxter - January 18, 2012

@53 do as I did go out and buy a cheap windows 7 PC minus the monitor, take out the hard drive install it in the Mac and be good to go!

The best part was I bought a PC with 4 gb ram that was the same type as in my Mac…. then I traded what was left of the PC for some software that was worth more than I paid for the windows PC to begin with! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

56. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - January 18, 2012

I have a Macbook pro and i think I will try this. loos like fun. Will get back later with Results.

57. NCC-91791-C - January 18, 2012

I have a low end gateway laptop (cost me 200 bucks) and I can run sto without any issues at all. I can’t feel bad for anyone who whines about not being able to play the game when they have no problem coughing up a grand for a macbook.

58. Barchester - January 19, 2012

#54: Hehe. People like that, and people like Khan was Framed (“…because some people can affford a high quality computer”) or Mutant-Child (“contaminate my iMac with Windows”) are the reason I will never buy an Apple product. It’s the blind, cult-like worship and the apparent condenscending attitude that completely rubs me in all the wrong ways possible.

Played a bit of STO yesterday, though, and enjoyed it. Will roll a new character one of these days and see where it will get me, and how long it will be interesting this time. Played the beta and one month of subscription last time before I got bored with it.

59. Sorry4Mongo - January 19, 2012

Search STO forums for Mac and wineskin. Follow instructions and works fine for F2P on my MBP.

60. Ctrl-Opt-Del - January 19, 2012

@53. Mutant-Child – January 18, 2012 – “Why the hell should I contaminate my iMac with Windows???”

Grow up…

61. Chris H. - January 19, 2012

@58: “People like that…are the reason I will never buy an Apple product. It’s the blind, cult-like worship and the apparent condenscending attitude that completely rubs me in all the wrong ways possible.”

Except that’s just as bad, isn’t it? The cult-ish followers buy because of the cult; you refuse to buy for the same reason.

The behavior of some people is on them, not on Apple. I recommend evaluating products on their own merits.

And to be honest, if I were buying my parents their first computer, I’d very seriously consider a Mac for either of them. I’ve done professional support of computers for over 25 years. I’ve supported very large groups of both PCs and Macs. There’s no question in my mind that Macs require less support, all things being equal.

Now, for the technical user, or the person who likes tinkering…you are not necessarily the target audience for Macs. That is not to say Mac users are dumb or anything, because that’s nonsense. I’m a pretty clever guy, but I can’t rebuild an engine or do major auto repairs, so when I buy a car, I concentrate on reliability more than performance. Doesn’t make me dumb; it just means I’m not a mechanic.

Macs are fine computers. So are PCs. There are valid reasons for going either way.

62. Parosu' Grasu' - January 19, 2012

Yay! I cant wait to play this game! :)

63. Barchester - January 19, 2012

@61: Oh, they are fine computers, I’m not saying they aren’t. And I’ve had an iPhone for half a year a while back, but again, there’s something about the (most of the) typical consumers (I have come across) that irks me to no end, and the same thing goes for the company, that makes me not want to be a part of that at all.

But that’s me, I guess. Always has been. When I was young, the entire school walked around in and fawning over the newest Nikes. Made me not want to own Nikes. ;)

64. Mutant-Child - January 19, 2012

It’s not blind worship and I’m not an iSlave who’s first in line whenever Apple throws a new gadget on the market… but in the past four years my iMac crashed only once. Can’t say the same about the PCs I’ve had…

65. Vad_Baxter - January 19, 2012

Well on the subject of STO, I downloaded it installed it and was prompted for the key code which I didn’t need because I was registered online and yet it insisted on a key code. Got that squared away and the darn thing wouldn’t let me log in. sent the staff an email about that. Their reply was please buy a subscription to the game.

I wrote them a not so nice reply and uninstalled the game…

Just goes to show nothing is free.

66. Chris H. - January 19, 2012

Vad: Up to you, but you should try again. And I have no idea who would tell you to buy a sub.

Did you actually open a ticket with customer service?

67. Barchester - January 20, 2012

@64: I know, iMacs are quite stable. On the other hand: the last PC crash I’ve had has been years ago and the only reason I bought a new one a while ago was because it was too old to run a lot of stuff.

If you know how to keep your PC clean and up to date there is absolutely nothing wrong with PC’s, or Windows for that matter. If you constantly crash your PC, you’re either doing something wrong, are extremely unlucky, or you don’t know how to work one, and I’m saying that trying not to sound offensive.

68. CmdrR - January 20, 2012

I can’t get past the character initialization. It says mine’s failed and kicks me out. 6 times. I checked its FAQ section, but all that does is refer to me buying stuff. No answers.

Any suggestions??

BTW, 20 min downloads when it’s already on my desktop is a real pain.

69. N - January 22, 2012

Wasn’t going to get it but a friend of mine kept going on about how good it was so I tried it out, took hours to download, but I really enjoy it :D

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