Before the MMORPG Star Trek Online was released on PC, members of the Cryptic team had confirmed the game would eventually also be developed for at least one of the gaming consoles (XBox 360 and/or Playstation 3). However, not it appears that this will not happen, or at least no happen any time soon. STO’s executive producer has now confirmed that a console version is ‘on the back burner.’
Zinkievich: STO Console on ‘back burner’
Although members of the Cryptic team have previously stated that they hoped to develop Star Trek Online for a console machine, they had never confirmed which console or even a date. But now talk of consoles seems even more remote. It started last week when Cryptic CEO Jack Emmert announced that their other game Champions Online is not being developed for console, posting on the Champions forum:
100% of our focus is on making the current PC product the best it can be. There are no current plans for a console version of Champions
And now Star Trek Online Executive Producer Craig Zinkievich has confirmed that the same is true for STO, telling Videogamer:
It’s pretty much in the same boat as the Champions console version right now. It’s something we can readily do in terms of technology. We’ve had it up and running on certain consoles, and had plans and designs in order to take advantage of those platforms. But as it stands right now it’s a little difficult to make that final leap on the business side of things. So, currently, just like Champions, the console version of Star Trek Online is on the back burner.
Although console games generally outsell PC games, most MMORPGs are made exclusively for the PC. However, this will still be a disappointment for those who were waiting for a console version of the game. In a recent TrekMovie.com poll, 14% of respondents said they were waiting for a console version of STO.
If you want to get into the 25th century and play Star Trek Online it is available at Amazon discounted currently for less than $25 (or $47 for the collectors edition), and that includes a one month subscription.