A: Star Trek Online is a free-to-play (F2P) MMORPG set in the Star Trek universe and includes customizable ships and characters from the United Federation of Planets, Klingon Empire, and Romulan Republic, as well as ground and space gameplay. Players can also design and create their own content to share with their friends and the entire Star Trek Online community using The Foundry toolset.
A: MMORPG is an acronym for massively multiplayer online role-playing game. In an MMORPG, millions of players from around the world can interact with each other to socialize or achieve common goals in a persistent gameplay world.
Q: How can I play Star Trek Online for free? Is there a download for the game?
A: Anyone can play Star Trek Online at no cost. No subscription is required. You don't even have to buy the game. You can download the client here and play for free!
In the F2P model, players have the option to purchase services, items and content to customize their gameplay. These purchases expand upon an already complete experience and allow you to further customize your characters and enjoy the game in new ways. You can access this new material in the C-Store and use ZEN to make your purchases.
A: No. However, should you wish to purchase items from the C-Store, you’ll need a valid credit card, PayPal account, direct debit or other supported payment method.
Additionally, we offer an entirely optional subscription for players who prefer it. Players who are currently subscribed will remain subscribed until they choose to unsubscribe. We call all subscribers Gold Members. All Gold Members receive special access to content and services that may not be freely available to non-subscribing members (Silver Players). Please see our Features Matrix and F2P FAQ for more details.
Q: Will everyone be the Captain of their own ship?
A: Yes, but you will have to earn the responsibility and skill to command larger and more powerful vessels. Remember, in Star Trek as well as naval tradition, whoever commands the ship is the "Captain," even if it is not your current rank.
Q: Can I play something other than a Captain like a Doctor or an Engineer?
A: Everyone is a Captain, (remember, if you command a ship, you are automatically a Captain), and you will command a crew, but that does not limit your role. Your character will still be able to choose from a variety of career paths, such as Engineer, Tactical Officer, Doctor, Science Officer, etc. Your career path is your root, and will affect your skills, and how you command your crew. Consider Jean-Luc Picard, Beverly Crusher, Worf and Kathryn Janeway. Picard was an archeologist and diplomat, Crusher was a doctor, Worf a security/tactical officer, and Janeway was a scientist. Each eventually chose a career in command and became ship captains. This does not mean the game will limit your ship choices based on your profession – far from it. The examples are simply an example of how the game design was inspired.
A: In space, you can form teams and do missions together. Space battles will occur between multiple player and NPC vessels. When you do a ground mission, the mission owner can build an away team that consists of other players. Outside of combat, there will be numerous community building features, locations, hubs and events that will bring players together.
A: Yes, there is an economy that makes sense in the Star Trek universe. Players utilize Energy Credits, Dilithium and Gold-Pressed Latinum (earned from playing the optional Dabo mini-game). More information about the Dilithium Economy can be found here.
A: You're able to play many popular species from the Star Trek universe, including Humans, Andorians, Vulcans, Gorn, Klingons, Nausiccans, Orions, and Romulans. Premium species, such as Caitians, Ferasans, Joined Trills, and Remans, are also available for purchase. You may also create your own race with its own custom look and attributes for free!
Q: Do I need to be well-versed in Star Trek lore in order to play Star Trek Online?
A: No, even the most casual Star Trek fan will enjoy and appreciate the world. For those not familiar with the Star Trek universe, Star Trek Online will be a new experience with as much depth as each individual is comfortable with exploring. However, the world will be rich with lore from every series and movie that will satisfy even the most devout Trek fan.
Q: What is Cryptic using from the previous development?
A: Star Trek Online is entirely based on Cryptic's design and built using Cryptic Studios' technology and assets. The former studio that we acquired the Star Trek game rights from had a huge amount of concept art created for their game – much of that is applicable, and we are taking advantage of it. But Cryptic's engine, technology platform and content pipelines have become so mature that with a small team we can quickly ramp up a project.
A: Travel times are semi-realistic, with a focus on fun. Space is big, and it can take a very long time to travel great distances. That travel time can be impractically long. We have introduced various technologies, that stay true to Star Trek, to allow players to travel to distant sectors of the galaxy without needing days or weeks of gameplay to do so.
Q: How does the new Star Trek movie affect Star Trek Online?
A: Star Trek Online exists in the Star Trek universe's "standard timeline," whereas the latest Star Trek movie exists in an alternate timeline created when Nero and Spock entered a singularity and were transported back in time.