Since January when TrekMovie.com first reported the demise of game developer Perpetual Entertainment, the future of the “Star Trek Online” MMORPG has been uncertain. Although TrekMovie has reported that sources indicate Cryptic Studios picked up the license, Cryptic continues to refuse to comment on any speculation, but today they dropped pretty big hint.
Countdown to July 27th
Today on the Cryptic Studios website a new countdown timer appeared. It is currently at 45 days and a few hours, which lines up with Midnight Sunday July 27th. A smaller version of the timer also appears on Cryptic’s site for their next game, the super-hero themed Champions Online. The timer doesn’t indicate what it is counting down to, but the background image is unmistakably a previously released image from Star Trek Online (see below). It just so happens that Sunday July 27th is the last day of Comic Con, but the show closes before midnight so this might just be a coincidence.
Although Cryptic is playing it coy, they are certainly a more logical home for Star Trek Online. As the maker of a number of award-winning MMORPGs, they have a proven track-record and do not appear to have the financial problems that plagued Perpetual.
Counting down to what?
The countdown is likely for some kind of announcement, and certainly not the release of the game itself. Before Perpetual went under, the game was being targeted for Summer 2009 (and the shake-up has likely had an effect on that date). Cryptic’s new Champions Online is targeted for the Spring of 2009 and that game has an big official site with lots of artwork and videos, etc. Right now official site for STO (startrekonline.com) remains unchanged, with just a logo and the words ‘coming soon’ (and no indication as to who actually is the company that is making the game). So we are back to waiting, but this is a good sign that Star Trek Online is alive and some news will be coming soon. TrekMovie will continue to keep a close eye on developments and will hopefully have more news on STO leading up to the countdown timer reaching zero.