Friday, September 2, 2011

Star Trek Online Go Free By End of Year

Perfect World, new owners of Cryptic Studios, has announced that Star Trek Online will go to the free-to-play model by the end of the year. Cryptic's other title Champions Online has already been free for a while.

"Cryptic is working on the free-to-play model for Star Trek Online," said Perfect World CFO Kelvin Lau during an investors call. "This is going to be launched by the end of this year. So I think free-to-play model we have a bigger potential in US market and also in China market."

The model counts on micro transactions to achieve profitability by letting players join the game but charging to reach certain levels, areas, achievements, and items. For example a new ship might cost $5. This doesn't mean everything will cost, just some probably tempting aspects of the game will have a cost associated to it. Unless go crazy, in the long term it is probably a savings and at the very least a good way to try the game out.

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