Although the focus of the week has been the home video release of the new Star Trek, there has also been a lot of activity on the Star Trek Online MMORPG front. Cryptic has released the box art for the game, announced dates for open beta, released new videos, and more. They also revealed a big change in the game, allowing you to hang out on your bridge.
Command the Bridge!
Cryptic has announced that due to popular demand they will be allowing players to explore the interiors of their ships as well as the exteriors. At launch you will be able to explore the bridge of your ship, which they describe as "a social area where you and your friends can meet to talk about plans for your future missions, or reminisce about the heroic deeds you’ve already completed." Cryptic initially was not going to allow interiors, but in a statement executive producer Craig Zinkievich noted that . "it really felt like a hole in the game, and it was just something that we had to put in." Players will be able to chose from about 20 different bridges.
One of the STO bridges
Cryptic have provided us with two new videos.
Firstly, the "Bridge Trailer"
Secondly, the "Exploration Trailer"
IGN has a second video on STO space combat.
Star Trek Online is currently in invite-only closed beta test. The game will be released on February 2nd, 2010. And now Cryptic has announced their open beta test, which will run from January 12 to January 26, 2010. Keys will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
New STO site & box art
The official www.StarTrekOnline.com site has been revamped with a new look and more content. It is worth checking out
New STO site
In addition Cryptic has released the final box art for the game.
More interviews, details and screenshots
Here is the latest press coverage of Star Trek Online.
- Craig Zinkievich interview with Gamerzines.com (includes new screenshots)
- Ten Ton Hammer interview with producer Daniel Stahl
- Community Q&A at Massively.com
Star Trek Online comes out February 2nd and is available for pre-order now.