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Los Gatos, CA (September 6, 2011) - Star Trek
Online, the acclaimed sci-fi MMORPG, developed by Cryptic Studios,
Inc. ("Cryptic Studios"), will be free-to-play in 2011. Players
will be able to download and enjoy the game as they like at no
A features matrix, FAQ, overview and various forums can be found
on the official Star Trek Online website to better explain the
nature of free-to-play to new and existing users.
To learn more about Star Trek Online free-to-play, please visit:
"In addition to seeking out new life and exploring strange new
civilizations, part of our continuing mission for Star Trek Online
is to expand and improve," said Jack Emmert, CEO, Cryptic Studios.
"Transitioning to a free-to-play model is a natural way to share
all we've built with a broader community of players and we couldn't
be more excited."
Later this year, when Star Trek Online free-to-play launches,
anyone can download and play the game for free without purchasing a
retail copy or subscription. All players will be able to take
advantage of Star Trek Online's many features for free, from
customizing avatars, crews and the very ships they command, to
exploring a galaxy filled with intrigue and danger.
Players will also be able to access additional features a la
carte through a virtual goods store. Current players can become
Gold Members by continuing to subscribe to the game for $14.99 a
month. New players can also upgrade to Gold status for a set price
of $14.99 per month. The differences between paying Gold Members
and free Silver Players can be found at:
Star Trek Online free-to-play allows players to get into the
game and engage the Star Trek universe in a number of
The Universe is Your Only Limit - Play as much as you like for
as long as you like at no cost. No subscription is required, nor is
payment of any kind required.
Episodic Gameplay - Experience new weekly episodes that feature
story-based gameplay and put your captain's ability to command to
the ultimate test.
Your Captain, Your Crew, Your Destiny - Become a captain, seek
out new life and new civilizations and encounter hostile beings as
you advance to maximum level for free.
Familiar Places, New Experiences - Travel to Starfleet Academy,
Deep Space Nine, The First City of Qo'noS and many other iconic
locations and notable worlds from the beloved Star Trek
Engage and Explore Your Way - A web and in-game virtual goods
store provides players the option of purchasing gameplay upgrades
or additional premium content as they like, when they
Taking place in the year 2409, Star Trek Online boasts
extraordinary features and lets fans both new and old experience
unparalleled adventures within the Star Trek universe. Players have
the opportunity to become high-ranking Starfleet officers and
participate in missions structured like episodes that take them
into the depths of space, across exotic planets and inside other
starships. All players are invited to explore strange new worlds
and encounter new life in a vast, ever expanding
Star Trek Online is a licensed product from CBS Consumer
Products and developed by Cryptic Studios, Inc. For more
information, please visit:
TM & © 2011 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved. STAR
TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc.
ABOUT CRYPTIC STUDIOS, Inc.
Cryptic Studios, Inc. is a leading developer of online games
committed to delivering the next level of gameplay. Cryptic Studios
develops AAA titles for PC and is rapidly diversifying its
portfolio of games to expand beyond the traditional MMORPG genre.
In addition to its successfully launched Champions Online: Free for
All and Star Trek Online, Cryptic Studios is now developing
Dungeons & Dragons: Neverwinter and other unannounced projects.
Cryptic Studios, a subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ:
PWRD), is located in Los Gatos, CA.
For more information, please visit the official website: