Tomorrow Cryptic Studios holds their "Star Trek Online Revealed" panel at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention (with a little help from Leonard Nimoy), but some details of this new MMORPG have already emerged. Cryptic’s Chief Creative Officer gave a pre-show interview to the AP that provided some details, plus CBS showed a few new screenshots at their Products presentation on Friday.
A totally new game
Jack Emmert of Cryptic confirmed with AP that even though they purchased the license from Perpetual Entertainment shortly before they went belly up, Cryptic started over: Emmert stated:
We took no assets. There was nothing to be had, to be honest. We’re building everything from the ground up.
This is now becoming evident in some of the details that he revealed, here is a quick summary:
- Players start the game choosing to be captain of their own small ship
- Two choices of factions, Federation or Klingon
- Customize character by choosing many alien races (including Gorn) OR customize your own new alien race
- Progression through the game means rank, better ship and more ‘crew’
The game is still set in the post-Nemesis universe, but a good time after so don’t expect to run into the TNG era crews and ships as we last saw them. Emmert noted:
There might be a ship called Enterprise flying around, but it’s probably not the same ship anymore, Most of the characters will have either retired or passed on, but you’ll definitely be going to all the places you know and love from ‘Star Trek.’ Expect to see oldies like Vulcan and Bajor but also fan favorites like Andoria and Qo’noS.
First screenshots showing characters
At 1:30 PM (PST) Sunday, Cryptic will reveal the first in game footage from STO. It is said to be real game footage and not concept art. This event will be streamed live on the web, more details at the official site. But during the CBS Products presentation on Friday, four new screenshots were revealed that showed characters in the game. The shots below are a bit fuzzy (sorry), but these were only on the screen for a few seconds. You could clearly see that the uniforms retain much of the TNG look, as do the ships. Below you can see and Enterprise D inside and out and also a Borg cube.
Win a lifetime subscription
Cryptic have not yet revealed pricing information on the game, but for five lucky people it will not matter. On the official site they have announced they will give away a free copy of the game and lifetime subscription to five lucky winners.. You need to register at the site to qualify for the prize, see here for more details.
Big push at Vegas
Cryptic are really making a big push here in Vegas. Besides being one of the premiere events and including Leonard Nimoy on Sunday, you can’t turn around without seeing someone wearing one of the thousands of Star Trek Online T-Shirts that are being handed out in front, complete with Star Trek Online plastic bags that also contain a flyer promoting the Sunday event.
Available in large and extra large
Since first tying Cryptic to Star Trek Online back in January, TrekMovie has been the premiere site for news on this exciting project. Keep checking back for more full coverage of Star Trek Online Revealed, including TrekMovie’s own interview with Jack Emmert.