Star Trek Online has been released on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One today in North America, far earlier than anyone has expected. The free-to-play MMORPG game is available for download from the Playstation and Xbox stores.
Executive Producer Steve Ricossa has announced that the game will be released on consoles in Europe and other regions in the Americas within the coming days.
The console release of the PC game features the ability to play as Federation, Klingon, and Romulan factions in the beginning of the 25th century. It also includes two expansions and 11 seasons worth of updates that have been rolled out since the game’s initial PC launch in 2010.
Ricossa confirmed for TrekMovie at Mission: New York that additional seasons and expansion packs would be available to players free of charge.
TrekMovie had the chance to play a demo of the game for the PS4 and chat with Ricossa at Mission: New York. One of the game’s challenges was taking a PC game’s controls and mapping them to an PS4 or Xbox controller. We found the controls to be intuitive and easy to navigate in both space and ground combat situations.
The game’s crew special trait system, which occupied a large bar in the PC version, now utilizes a wheel-based system that allows you to activate the trait with a tap of a button, or select a different one to activate when you hold the same button down.
Additionally, the game’s engine has received an overhaul, with updated textures and lighting. Space combat never looked so good, and the lighting really shines when you can see the pulse fired from your compression phaser rifle glimmer off of the surfaces it flies past.
At Mission: New York, TrekMovie sat down for an interview with Denise Crosby, which we will have for you in coming days. Additionally, we will be playing STO on the PS4 so you can expect a review from us, including the perspectives of long-time players and newcomers, from us next week.
As the game is free-to-play, we encourage Trek gamers to jump in immediately. It’s quite a lot of fun, and continues the Prime Universe story into the early 25th century.