There is more Star Trek gaming news to report. First off there are more details on the setting and game for the browser-game Star Trek Infinite Space. Plus Cryptic is getting ready to add a major new feature to Star Trek Online, plus Cryptic has embraced free-to-play for its other game so is STO next?
Star Trek Infinite Space Details – set in DS9’s Federation Klingon War
In addition to releasing the teaser trailer, Gameforge has also put up a new website for Star Trek Infinite Space, the upcoming free-to play Star Trek casual browser game. The site (startrek-is.com) offers more details on the game, most notably that the two factions will be the Federation and the Klingons, set in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine timeline. Presumably this will be part of the Federation-Klingon War (from DS9’s 4th and 5th seasons).
Here are two new concept art images:
Here are the game facts:
- The release date is scheduled for Summer 2011
- The game uses Unity3D (browser plugin), no additional download is necessary
- Developed by keen games in Frankfurt
- To ensure that a full Star Trek feeling is achieved, Star Trek experts Mike and Denise Okuda are assisting us
- Lee Sheldon, the experienced game designer, author, producer and script writer will be writing the storyline and game missions
- Choose between two playable factions: Join the Federation or become a Klingon
- The game is set in the Deep Space Nine timeline
- The game will be a free-to-play casual browser game, meaning that there will be no subscription fee and that the game will be playable without payment
- Alpha testing will begin in late 2010
The new site also offers an opportunity to sign up for testing, plus a news section and forum. Visit the new Infinite Space Site at startrek-is.com.
Star Trek Online prepping player-generated missions + headed to free-to-play?
This week the official Star Trek Online website added a new section to the forums about "The Foundry", which are a set of mission authoring tools that will become available to players soon. Visit the forum for more details.
Free to play?
A number of MMO games are moving to the new ‘freemium’ model of payment, where you can play the games for free, but pay fees for specific items in the game in lieu of a monthly fee. There has been some discussion of Star Trek Online moving to this model and this week Cryptic took a step in that direction by offering a free-to-play option for its other game, Champions Online. The approach they are taking is that you can choose the "gold" option which has the monthly fee or the silver option which is free, with many items included in the gold package available to be purchased individually via the C-Store (see matrix comparing plans).
Other publishers have had success with the "freemium" model, making more money than they did with just a subscription model. Presumably if this works for Cryptic and Champions Online, they will think seriously about doing the same with Star Trek Online.
Pegg adding voice to new Game
In other Trek-related gaming news, EA has announced that Star Trek’s new Scotty Simon Pegg will be providing the voice of supercomputer guide and companion Con-rad in Spare Parts, an upcoming action adventure game for Xbox LIVE® Arcade and PlayStation®Network.will be providing voice work to their upcoming XBox/Playstation.