ST0 Update: System Requirements + ‘Episode’ Details + New Screenshots & more

sto1112109Earlier this week Cryptic announced an official release date for Star Trek Online (February 2, 2010), and now Cryptic has announced the computer system requirements. We have that below, along with more info on STO "episodes", new screenshots, new interviews and more.

 

Computer Requirements
Cryptic has finally released the system requirements for Star Trek Online. The first set of ‘minimum’ system requirements are the bare bones just to run the game, but you are probably best shooting for the ‘recommended’ requirements if you want to get the most of Star Trek Online. The differences between the two, are focused on the processor, memory and video capabilities.

Minimum System Requirements
 OS: Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit)
 CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 Ghz or AMD Athlon X2 3800+
 Memory: 1GB RAM
 Video: NVIDIA GeForce 7950 / ATI Radeon X1800 / Intel HD Graphics
 Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Soundcard
 DirectX: Version 9.0c or Higher
 HDD: 8GB Free Disk Space
 Network: Internet Broadband Connection Required
 Disc: 6X DVD-ROM

Recommended System Configuration
 OS: Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista / Windows 7 (32 or 64-bit)
 CPU: Intel E8400 Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon X2 5600+
 Memory: 2GB RAM+
 Video: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 / ATI Radeon HD 3850+
 Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Soundcard
 DirectX: Version 9.0c or Higher
 HDD: 8GB Free Disk Space
 Network: Internet Broadband Connection Required
 Disc: 6X DVD-ROM

More details on ‘episodes’
There was a recent update to the “Ask Cryptic” which covers some of the frequently asked questions. In this update Cryptic decided to discuss how episodes (the STO term for quests) work and how they are designed. Some interesting things to point out are:

  • Each episode will build up to the story in Star Trek Online
  • Allies and Adversaries will return in later missions just like in any episode of Star Trek.
  • At launch there will be 3 ‘seasons’ with fourteen episodes per season worth of content. More content will be released after launch.
  • Each episode will take approximately 45 to 90 minutes to complete.

Something to remember is that this is just the missions at launch. This doesn’t include exploring space, engaging in PVP combat, crafting and other anything else that has been unannounced. Cryptic also stated it plans on releasing more content after launch.
For further reading here is a link to the FAQ featuring episodes.

New Interviews
There are a two new interviews with STO Producer Craig Zinkievich; one was with NowGamer and the other was with G4. The NowGamer interview with Craig mostly recaps some of the information that we’ve already known about Star Trek Online. G4 has put up an article which was more of a overview about STO’s features, along with a video interview with Craig answering some questions as well as including some new video of Star Trek Online game play (see below).

Pre-order Star Trek Online
Amazon is currently taking pre-orders on Star Trek Online for $46.99, with an exclusive Borg Bridge officer. GameStop (list price of $49.99) is offering an a bonus Starfleet Constitution Class Starship

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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. 

New screens
Finally we have 10 brand new screenshots from STO, four ground based and six space based, including a ship very close to the NCC-1701-A.

Space based

Land based

 

 

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