In our Star Trek Online update we have a whopping 27 new screenshots to show you from Cryptic’s upcoming MMORPG, but wait there’s more! Cryptic also released Part 2 of their video history chronicling the events that lead up to setting of the game (the war between the Klingons and the Federation in 2409). Plus we have some details on cool pre-order bonuses and more clues on the release date.
Future Past, Part 2
As reported in the last STO update, Cryptic released a video that talks about the events that will lead up to Star Trek Online. This week Cryptic has released the second half of the trailer which leads up to 2409. It displays the war machine that is the Klingon Empire and the events that lead up to war with the Federation.
Pre-order exclusives and Collector’s edition
Although Star Trek Online is available for pre-order at a number of retailers, so far only two are offering exclusive bonuses. Amazon is offering a special pre-order bonus for Star Trek Online, where you will get beta access (dates not yet announced, and it isn’t clear if this is for open or closed beta). Amazon is also offering an exclusive Borg Bridge Officer (it isn’t clear if the Borg character would be available for either faction or just the Federation). Amazon is currently taking pre-orders on Star Trek Online for $46.99.
If you buy STO at GameStop (list price of $49.99), they promise an exclusive in-game bonus of a Starfleet Constitution Class Starship, which is equipped with blue phasers and an extra engineering station mod slot.
GameStop also has a $79.99 collector’s edition listed, which includes:
- a Limited Edition Collectible Box
- Exclusive Art Book
- Buddy Passes (Allows your friends free trial play)
- an exclusive die cast Starfleet com badge (pin).
For an extra $30.00, that doesn’t seem like a lot, so there may be some extra in-game content as well (yet to be revealed).
Release Date: Feb 2, 2010?
Cryptic have yet to confirm a release date for Star Trek Online, however (unofficially) February 2, 2010 may be the day, if you believe the retailers who are currently selling pre-orders, like Amazon, GoGamer.com and GameStop. However, Newegg is lists the release date as January 1, 2010 (likely just a placeholder for ‘2010’), but demonstrating that this is still not set in stone.
Screenies, screenies, screenies
This week we have 27 new screenshots, a mix of space and ground. Some of these are brand new this week and a few are stragglers that we may have missed over the last month (sorry if there are any repeats). There is a nice mixture of both exploration and combat with the new screenshots that were released. As usual, click on images to enlarge.
NOTE To Winners of TrekMovie Closed Beta Key Contest
If you won a beta key in our contest, you should be getting contacted by Cryptic with your beta key by the end of the week.