In January TrekMovie.com was the first to mention Cryptic Studios as the possible new home for the “Star Trek Online” MMORPG. Since then evidenced has mounted that Cryptic has the license, with the latest clue coming from sleuthing by board members of StarTrek-Games.com. Although Cryptic will still not officially acknowledge they are the new license holder, TrekMovie.com has independently confirmed with sources that they definitely are.
Word is that since acquiring the game Cryptic has been assessing the current state of the game and assets and deciding what to keep and what to change. Cryptic is holding off on making an announcement because they want to make their announcement more than just words and actually have something to show. Before the game died at P2 Entertainment, they had only just showed the first two ‘in game’ images from “Star Trek Online.” P2’s version of the official site was also very short on actual information about the game, with just a smattering of ‘devlogs’ and concept art. Apparently Cryptic want to make it clear that their “Star Trek Online” is alive and well and by no means ‘vaporware.’ So we will still have to wait until they are ready for their big announcement.
A clue as to what we can expect may be found in Cryptic’s other big game in development, the super-hero themed “Champions Online.” The first news of that game came from some magazines and game sites about a month ago. The game was officially announced on February 20th, and that announcement came with a new official site with lots of game information and screen shots. A trailer was released just two days later.
In the mean time the official Star Trek Online site will continue to just say “COMING SOON” from an anonymous developer. So we will continue to wait until Cryptic is ready to talk about (and show us something from) their “Star Trek Online.” Until then just know that the game is alive and well and apparently in good hands.