Console Version Of Star Trek Online Put On ‘Back Burner’

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 poll, 14% of respondents said they were waiting for a console version of STO. 



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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.



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I wish Star Trek Online could come out for all game consoles why can’t they not do that

2nd! Wow! closest ever to being FIRST!

Having said that, I would like a console version too! I really want a robotic 7 of 9

I was really hoping for a PS3 version. I guess I won’t be playing the game at all now. :(

After 2 months, the game is already dead. I really hope they come out with some real good content but until then, my subscription remains cancelled.

How about a MAC version first!?

Well… this is kind of no surprise. And if they don’t put out a Mac version, I guess I’ll just partition my hard drive and finally use bootcamp to run windows on my imac.

Paramount ought to realize that, like “Nemesis,” “Star Trek Online” isn’t the best use of their franchise. They should release a completely different game set in the J.J. Abrams universe.

Argh! Really wanted to buy this but I guess it’s not gonna happen…

PS3, 360, Mac, iPhone, DSi, Wii… They made it Windows exclusive: the one thing I don’t have!!

This is really disappointing to me. I bought “Star Trek Online” on the day it was released but the quality is so poor on my low-end laptop that I completely stopped playing after about a week. I was really hoping for an Xbox 360 version so I wouldn’t have to plunk down $1000 just to buy ANOTHER laptop solely for the purpose of playing STO.

Heh… the Collector’s Edition is 47 dollars.

Get it? 47? Laugh, dammit….

47…? Um… I don’t get it. I wish I got it. Should I get it?

@Spectre7 : Is it dead already? Have the ranks of players dropped… or is it just boring?

Glad I got going on the PC one. I love it, I don’t think this would be the best game for a console, especially considering Star Trek has released like 6 games on console in the last 10 years and one, maybe two of them have been decent, but STO is getting better every day.

Guess i’m not playing sto. This is a bad business decision as they had a whole fanbase of people waiting for the 360 version. And Barry rice, don’t do that. If they’re too lazy to make a modified or even just converted game, why should you spend time and money on a brand new laptop, and much less, their game. Just my 2 cents



47 is a long running inside joke in Star Trek.

I was happy to see JJ’s team snuck a few into the new movie too. :)

You can get a desktop PC that can play STO at medium settings with a dedicated graphics card for less than 600 bucks if you look hard enough. I have a $700 laptop w/ nvidia card and the game runs fine on medium settings.


You think coming in first would be great? That’s nothing compared to being 200th or 500th which I have done. Anyone can be first if they are early; hitting 200 or 500 is dependent on a thread that gets people fired up. There is a “first” on everythread; not so with 200th or 500th. :-)

As for the console version of Star Trek Online being cancelled, no surprise there. I expected this news. MMOs are difficult to rebuild for consoles and don’t sell as well anyway. Plus, STO has seen a massive drop in sales as well as online players. Its a business decision as well as a technical one.

maybe a game set in the Abrams universe would be good and it has to come out for games consoles like the Wii etc.

#5, I agree, a Mac version would be incredibly simple compared to a console version. One of my biggest reasons for not playing is I don’t want to be stuck running the game in Windows on my Macbook pro. I can see the problem of a console version, though, mainly the fact that its gonna take up some HD space, space that not all of us have. And for anyone talking about the Wii, forget it. The Wii’s a generation behind in capability and isn’t meant for this kind of thing. Not trying to hate on the Wii, I think they’re awesome, but they’re just meant for a different gaming experience than the 360 and PS3.

If they would fix the ground missions, it would be much better. Character control during ground missions sucks. It would be better if you could switch between third person and first person, especially during combat. Space combat is great and that is what I do most of the time.

When I went to Blizzard’s second Blizzcon, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet the head of the Mac Development Team. I think his name was Brian. I asked him all sorts of questions involving what the team is like, and he told me that there are only FOUR people at Blizzard, including him, who work on the Mac side of things. So out of all the programmers, decoders, code crackers, ect., it only takes four guys to make all their games hybrid. Ya, no separate releases for each version. It’s Mac/PC.

And Mac is really getting a huge kick start with the introduction of Valve. Not only are they going to release their classics on the Mac (Portal, Half Life 2, Left for Dead, Team Fortress 2), but their sequel game, Portal 2, is going to be a hybrid! So you got Blizzard and Valve committing to hybrid format games to both PC and Mac. That’s awesome.

Surely the number of gamers on the PS3 and Xbox greatly outnumbers PC gamers in this day and age?

Dosen’t matter if the PS# and Xbox numbers ..outnumber PC gamers. If they ain’t makin money, it ain’t gonna happen, plain and simple. If you build it and no one comes, you are screwed…

STO….it’s dead, Jim!

STO has a subscriber base beyond expectations, and new content is being added every day. Its not dead. At all.

Bummed, my laptop couldn’t handle STO so I was holding out hope for the console. Guess I’ll have to look into purchasing a new desktop that can swing it.

MUST GO ON PLAYSTATION 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey #15 Bobby, that 47 thing is hilarious. Is that just a Voyager thing or is it in all of the Berman/Braga Trek shows?

Now I’m DEFINITELY not buying this. I think it is also a sign of the weakness of the product.

@ 25 You sure about that?

here is an email I received yesterday,

“It has now been revealed by Jack Emmert in an interview with “The Big Freaking Podcast” that Star Trek Online now has just a hair over 100,000 subscribers, a drop of almost 90% compared to the launch day numbers.

It is no secret that Star Trek Online has not lived up to the expectations of many players – in fact, even I am not playing the game very much (I haven’t logged on for over a month at this stage) – however, when you consider that Age of Conan or Warhammer Online have 300,000+ subscribers, Star Trek Online really is struggling!”

I wonder if the lifer’s are breaking a sweat under their borg outfits?

I knew during the beta this game didn’t and wasn’t going to live up to the “hype”

I wish them the best, but it’s what they get for cheaping out and not building us a real star trek game.

How about some love for us Wii players?

No PS3 or XBOX360 version means STO is a failure! The problem with it being PC only means that only hardcore fans with gaming computers are able to enjoy it. The rest of us with average PCs/MACs or video game systems are left out in the cold. I was holding out for a PS3 version myself. I knew in my heart that this game wouldn’t amount to much which is why I didn’t bother upgrading my PC to play this on maximum setings. The tragedy here is that STO had potential to cash in on the popularity of the new movie but like everything else Trek related that has come out since… Well lackluster is a good word to use here. For the life of me I don’t understand why a software company doesn’t purchase the rights to finish developing Secret of Vulcan Fury and release that on PS3 & 360?

Gutted, I have been dying to play this, can’t see it happening now.

@OLLEY – Yikes! Down 90%? That doesn’t bode well. Personally, I’m a sucker for Trek starship games. I still have “Legacy” on my Xbox and play the skirmish mode more often than I’d like to confess. But… Jeeze… Only 100,000 subscriptions? That can’t be good for the company.

@RAUL – Yeah, it’s kind of curious decision to go with the Old Universe rather than the New One. I suppose they figured their audience would be the core trekkers anyway, and maybe it would be easier to build on an “existing” universe. Or hell, maybe Paramount didn’t want them expanding the Abramsverse without J.J.’s oversight.

What do we want?

Star Trek Online on the Playstation 3?

When do we want it?

Preferably soon!

STO suffers from the same problems that a lot of movie license games have.
The quality is awful and the developers don’t give a damn, WHY?
because they know that there is enough SUCKER fans out there who will fork out the cash for for whatever piece of trash that happens to have a Star Trek tag on it.

The only good Star Trek game that I EVER have played on any format is Star Trek Bridge Commander
and that is because it is very modable, so fans have been tinkering away at it for the last 8 years as a labour of love.

It would be nice if developers were to demonstrate a similar commitment to their product as most of the STBC modders do.

STO is dead. Only 100K subscribers. Bleeding badly and soon will be gone.

he did not say it would not be coming to consoles he said it would not be on a consle yet that means it is not gone for good and it might get a realease later

World of warcraft is not on ps3 or xbox 360, and it has ooooooodles of subscribers. Granted, sto is not wow, but the point is it doesnt have to be on a console to do well.