13 January 2010

STAR TREK MMORPG Open Beta Is Now Available!

We're gonna get our geek on this afternoon, dabblers. Then again, we've made no secret about how much we love Star Trek; Trek even trumps our general disinterest in playing video games. Thanks to Star Trek, we're about to go where the Springfield Home Office has never been before -- into the universe of online gaming. 

Though the Star Trek MMORPG doesn't go live until next month, the game's developer Crytpic Studios made its open beta version available last night. Interested Trekkers from across the globe now have a chance to be among the first to explore the new online universe and confront the dangers therein through actual gameplay. Here's what Cryptic has to say about their game:
 In Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe will appear for the first time on a truly massive scale.  In this massively multiplayer online game from Cryptic Studios, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship. Or, they can become a Klingon Warlord and expand the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy. Players will have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems, and make contact with new alien species. With Episode Missions, every moment spent playing Star Trek Online will feel like a new Star Trek episode in which you are the star. Immerse yourself in the future of the Trek universe as it moves into the 25th century: a time of shifting alliances and new discoveries.

For those curious about system requirements:

Star Trek's beta is already proving to be pretty popular -- over 14,000 downloads in less than a day! If you want to add to that count, you'll find the software HERE.   But before warping away on your first adventure, you'll have to set course for the game's homepage HERE to be briefed on mission plans (instructions) and to register for an Account Key. 

To make the game more playable, Star Trek Online does take one sizable departure from Trek canon by  once again making the Klingon Empire a terrible enemy of the Federation. That doesn't upset us in the least; we're just slightly disappointed we can't get our player-character to look like Chris Pine.   On that note, we're leaving drydock to do a little exploring somewhere in the Orion Nebula. For now, hailing frequencies are closed.

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