The market research company NPD has released its list of top selling PC games for February and the new massive multiplayer game Star Trek Online is in the top five, twice. Both the regular version of the game and the Collectors Edition made it on the shortlist. Could strong sales for STO help finally reawaken the world of Star Trek games?
Star Trek Online debuts at #2 (and #4)
Here is the NPD list of top selling PC games for February 2010 (via GamePro).
1) The Sims 3: High-End Loft Stuff–released Feb. 2010
2) Star Trek Online–released Feb. 2010
3) The Sims 3 –released June 2009
4) Star Trek Online Collector’s Ed.–released Feb. 2010
5) BioShock 2–released Feb. 2010
6) EverQuest II: Sentinel’s Fate Expansion Pack–released Feb. 2010
7) Mass Effect 2–released Jan. 2010
8) World of Warcraft: Wratch of the Lich King–released Nov. 2008
9) The Sims 2 Double Deluxe–released Nov. 2008
10) The Sims 3: World Adventures–released Nov. 2009
So technically Star Trek Online was outsold by a Sims 3 content pack. There is a possibility, however, that the combined sales of STO and its #4 ranked collectors edition may have been enough to push it to the top slot… As an MMO, we’re sure STO will enjoy more of a long tail in terms of sales, so we look forward to seeing it on the NPDs for months to come.
Good for STO – Good for Trek gaming
For a massive multiplayer game to succeed it needs a good sized installed base of customers in order to justify the costs associated with both maintaining and expanding the game. All indications are that Star Trek Online has met and exceeded initial estimates, which means that players should expect to enjoy support and additions to STO for at least the near future. Recently Cryptic added a calendar to their site so that players can see what new content and updates are coming for the game, check it out at startrekonline.com/calendar.
Beyond Star Trek Online, the sales are also a good sign for the future of Trek gaming. For the last decade Trek gaming has had a few highs, but has mostly it has been lows or even worse, long periods with no licensee. Right now, even with the success of the new Star Trek movie (and now Star Trek Online), there still is no licensee to make Star Trek videogames for PC and consoles. However TrekMovie’s recent interview with CBS Products VP John Van Citters indicated that things are "in the works" on the gaming front. And the strong sales of Star Trek Online can only help CBS seal a deal with any new gaming licensees. Due to the long development time for games, a new licensee would have to come on board this year if they want to have anything of quality out ahead of the next Star Trek movie.
TrekMovie will continue to keep its eye on any developments in the world of Star Trek games.
Star Trek Online is still available at a discount at Amazon.com (Purchase includes one month of online gameplay).