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Star Trek Online gets a new season of content on April 22

Star Trek Online is launching its next major content update, Season 9: A New Accord on April 22, developer Perfect World announced. Season 9 continues where the story left off in the last episode, A Step Between Stars. The new chapter includes new Space and ground events, a new Space Battlezone and refinements to the gameplay system. Additionally, players can earn bonus experience in the massively multiplayer title between April 14-21 in order to get caught up on previous seasons.

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Star Trek Online Mac client now live

The Mac client for free-to-play massively multiplayer online title Star Trek Online is now live, according to an announcement on the game's official forums. The client can be downloaded via Arc Games' product page and selecting the "Play for Free" option. Initially rolling out to Windows PC in 2010, the Star Trek Online Mac beta began last November, coinciding with the first day of the game's season eight launch. "We have wrapped up our Open Beta testing period, and we want to extend our warmest welcome to the STO Universe to all Mac users," the statement reads. "Our newest addition of players who utilize the Mac client will be playing on Holodeck, the same server that our PC players play on, allowing them to team up with their friends and fleetmates to boldly go where no one has...

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Winter is coming to Star Trek Online Dec. 5

Star Trek Online's winter event will take place in Q’s Winter Wonderland from Dec. 5 through Jan. 16, publisher Perfect World Entertainment announced today. As the location's name implies, the event in Cryptic Studios' massively multiplayer online role-playing game is the work of Q, the god-like being who first appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation's pilot episode, "Encounter at Farpoint." Continuing his tradition of pawing at humans like a cat with a ball of string, Q has created a gingerbread colony and populated it with legions of angry snowmen for players to battle. The cross-faction event also includes a competitive races, in which players can earn pets and a new starship, and hidden items around the map. Q's Winter Wonderland will be available for all Star Trek Online p...

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Star Trek Online Mac beta launching Nov. 12

The Mac beta for free-to-play massively multiplayer online title Star Trek Online launches Nov. 12, according to a post on the game's official forums. The announcement was originally made during a livestream by community manager Brandon Felczer. Felczer later confirmed the date via the forum post; no other details were provided. The beta starts the day of the game's season eight launch. Season eight will add new Klingon starships, the Voth alien faction, end-game content and more. Star Trek Online launched for Windows PC in 2010.

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Perfect World Entertainment moves to mobile, four games planned

Perfect World Entertainment, publisher of Blacklight: Retribution and Star Trek Online, is moving into mobile development and publishing, the company announced today. Perfect World plans to release action, strategy, massively multiplayer online and multiplayer online battle arena games. The first four games announced include: Arena of Heroes, an asynchronous MOBA from Sneaky Games Bombuds, a turn-based multiplayer game from Fugazo Elemental Kingdoms, a trading card game from iFree Studio The Null Society, an adventure/RPG hybrid from Agent Disco "Perfect World knows how to build great free-to-play games, how to excite hardcore gamers and how to trust great studios with their own creative visions," said Fabien-Pierre Nicolas, general manager of Perfect World mobile. "With...

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Publisher Perfect World and Cryptic Studios create new MMO development studio

Publisher Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios have formed a new development division called Cryptic North, to assist Cryptic Studios in the ongoing growth of free-to-play superhero massively multiplayer online role-playing game, Champions Online, and provide support for other MMO titles. The Seattle-based studio is also working with Cryptic Studios to provide development support with sci-fi MMO Star Trek Online and free-to-play fantasy MMO Neverwinter. Cryptic North is headed by 15-year industry veteran and Flying Lab Software co-founder, Russell Williams. Flying Lab Software created pirate-themed MMO Pirates of the Burning Sea and railroad sim Rails Across America. "I look forward to working closely with Perfect World and the talented developers at Cryptic...

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Star Trek Online dev blog details Romulan Republic personnel, expansion beta opens May 10

Perfect World Entertainment detailed the Romulan Republic personnel in Star Trek Online's upcoming expansion, Legacy of Romulus, in a recent dev blog on the game's official site. In the new expansion, players can chose to be a Federation, Klingon Empire, or Romulan Republic captain. Romulan Republic faction players have access to faction-specific Bridge and Duty Officers, that can only be used by Romulan Captains. Romulan players can get access to Duty Officers by conducting recruitment assignments offered by the Duty Officer Recruitment contact located at New Romulus Command. Bridge Officers are recruited a number of ways, such as through New Romulus Command when players level up. You can check out the dev blog for the full details. Beginning May 10, the expansion will be available...

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Star Trek Online dev blog introduces the Reman species

Star Trek Online's upcoming expansion, Legacy of Romulus, will feature a new playable species called the Reman, according to a recent dev blog on the game's official site. Players will be able to pick up the Reman species by purchasing it through the site store or Legacy Pack. The species can also be earned by achieving Tier 5 in New Romulus Reputation. The Reman will come with several special features, including exclusive trait options, ship materials and a new psychic attack called Mind Drain. You can check out the dev blog here for the full details. Legacy of Romulus is currently slated for launch May 21. Perfect World Entertainment recently outlined its tier of special player rewards for those with gold, silver or lifetime subscriptions.

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Star Trek Online dev blog outlines tiered player rewards

Star Trek Online publisher Perfect World Entertainment will offer a slew of tiered special items to players when the Legacy of Romulus expansion goes live, according to a blog post by senior producer Steve "Salamilnferno" Ricossa, Jr.. Gold, silver and lifetime players will receive a playable Alien-Gen Hybrid Romulan species. Gold subscribers of more than 600 days, veteran players and lifetime subscribers will receive a Vice Admiral Ship Token to unlock a unlock Vice Admiral character or a Rear Admiral Romulan Retrofit ship for free. Lifetime subscribers will have access to playable Liberated Human and Klingon Borg species, and will be eligible for all veteran rewards outlined on the blog. Veteran rewards include several items per reward tier and range from a full respec for 100...

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John Needham appointed studio head of Fable developer Lionhead

John Needham, former CEO of Cryptic Studios and Gazillion Entertainment, has been appointed studio head of Fable developer Lionhead Studios, according to a recent posting on the developer's website. As CEO, Needham oversaw development studios that have created games like City of Heroes and Star Trek Online (Cryptic) and Marvel Heroes (Gazillion). Lionhead's post touts his experience with massively multiplayer online role-playing games, free-to-play titles as well as PC and mobile games. "This is a historic time in our industry and I'm excited, and honored, to be joining Lionhead and Microsoft Studios," Needham said. "Our vision is focused on building innovative gaming services and AAA experiences at Lionhead, and the rest of Microsoft Studios, which take advantage of Microsoft's...

Star Trek Online Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 02/02/2010
    • Publisher Perfect World Entertainment
    • Developer Cryptic Studios
  • Mac
    • Publisher Perfect World Entertainment
    • Developer Cryptic Studios
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