Today is a big day for Star Trek Online as Cryptic has just started taking applications for their closed beta, which starts later in the year. Details on that below, plus new screenshots, video from the Demo at GamesCom, additional combat details, and more.
[UPDATED: Official press release added]
Closed Beta Applications
Cryptic is now taking applications for the closed Beta of Star Trek Online. In order to apply, you must have an account registered on the STO website and then you must answer a few questions. The application questions are very general covering your gaming experience as well as details on your PC and Internet connection. The beta for STO is said to begin later this year while the game is still slated for 2010. CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR CLOSED STO BETA.
UPDATE: Official Press Release
New York, NY (September 4, 2009) – Atari and Cryptic Studios announced today that players can now sign up for a chance to participate in the closed beta test for Star Trek Online. This highly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) is set in the celebrated Star Trek universe and is the first MMO to offer both space and ground game play.
Players and fans can apply for beta test access by visiting www.startrekonline.com. A select number of closed beta keys will be given away through the website. Players who take part in the beta are able to experience the game early, but also report bugs and provide feedback to producers during development.
“Closed beta registration is an important step in bringing Star Trek Online to the public,” said Craig Zinkievich, Executive Producer on Star Trek Online. “We are looking toward the launch of our first-of-a-kind MMORPG with anticipation and excitement and we expect Star Trek Online to explode onto the scene, giving fans and gamers a Star Trek experience like no other.”
Star Trek Online will be the first MMORPG to feature space and ground combat at launch. Missions will take players into the depths of space, across exotic planets, and even inside starships! As the Captain of your very own ship, it’s up to you to lead your crew on missions that span a number of locations. You call the shots, no matter where you are.
MORE STAR TREK ONLINE NEWS
Cryptic released two screenshots one land-based and another space-based. The land based screenshot shows a holographic starship along with a few characters. It appears that this could be an area where people can grab missions or quests.
The second screenshot is space based and shows an Akira starship and what appears to be a very large space (Borg?) station.
Gamescom Demo video
As we reported in our last update, Star Trek Online producer Craig Zinkievich went to GamesCom in Germany and demoed the game for the European gaming press. Video of that is now online which (frustratingly) only shows part of the screen, but Craig gives an excellent overview of the game and you can see bits of the real in-game demonstration. (Video courtesy of gameguide.nl)
And if you want to get a good look at the game in space interface, here is a shot of the demo (via CrypticMatt).
Live Demo at PAX
And if you want a chance to play the demo yourself and are in the Seattle area, you can. Cryptic is bringing their demo to the PAX Gaming convention (Booth # 1122)which kicks off tomorrow September 4th and runs until September 6th.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Combat!
Cryptic has released more information on combat in their recent installment of ‘Ask Cryptic’, here are a couple highlights
- Ground combat will require line of sight to target your enemies ( Many MMO’s do not have this feature and you only need to be within a certain range to fire at your enemies).
- Phasers on starships do not have cool-downs. A cool-down is where you are limited on using certain powers or abilities. In the new Ask Cryptic torpedoes will have cool-downs whereas phasers will just drain your weapon batteries.
The full copy of the update can be found here startrekonline.com. Cryptic has also filled out a "Combat Roundup" which is composed of the dev chat on ground combat, The previous Ask Cryptic on ground combat, the dev chat on space combat, the Ask Cryptic on space combat, among other things. Most of the information on the roundup has been covered here at TrekMovie.com. If you need a little refresher this is a great place to start. [UPDATED: Official Beta Test Press Release Added]
More STO links
- MMOZine have a preview of STO their latest issue (Download PDF)
- Cryptic added a new downloadable wallpaper based on the Defiant Class