In Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe appears for the first time on a truly massive scale. Players take the captain's chair as they command their own starship and crew. Explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before.
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Release Date: Feb 2, 2010

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April 12

Season 11.5 Now Live!



Nearly a year ago, the Alliance began to investigate the possibilities of using time travel as a tool to change the past in order to save the future. With the successful construction and deployment of the Annorax-class Science Dreadnought, the first steps were made into a new future of exploration and conflict mitigation. 

Unfortunately, the recent theft of that same ship has potentially planted the seeds of our destruction, and those seeds begin to bear fruit in the episode “Temporal Front”. There will be political intrigue, an enemy plot, and a massive fleet engagement while the past and future of the Alliance hangs in the balance. This Featured Episode will be an escalation point in this budding conflict that you definitely don’t want to miss!

On top of another amazing episode, we have a great collection of features and updates for everyone to enjoy. First and foremost, we have a complete revamp of the Skill System. This revamp will make creating any build you want clearer, simpler, and easier across the board. Everything in the Skill System has been laid out, rethought, continually tested, and iterated on with you on our test shard for nearly two months. I couldn’t be more excited for this change, and I can’t wait for everyone to get their hands on it. 

In addition to the skill revamp we have the brand new Strategist Secondary Specialization, the Romulan Admiralty Campaign, a new and exciting Na’kuhl-themed Red Alert, and last but certainly not least, the ability to slot ship visuals independent from your starship stats.

All in all, this is one of the largest mid-season updates in the history of Star Trek Online, and I can’t wait to see everyone enjoying it in game.

Stephen Ricossa
Executive Producer
Star Trek Online

To learn more about our Season 11.5 update, check out our overview blog here.

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March 23

Season 11.5 Coming April 12th!



Red Alert, Captains! We’re pleased to announce Season 11.5 our mid-season update will launch on April 12, 2016. The latest update begins with a brand-new featured episode titled “Temporal Front,” where players must prevent Na’Kuhl Temporal Agents from destroying the Federation. Season 11.5 also brings a complete overhaul to the Skill System, plus other new gameplay updates including the Strategist Secondary Specialization, Romulan Admiralty Campaign and Na’Kuhl Red Alerts.

Learn more about it in our announcement blog here!

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About This Game

In Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe appears for the first time on a truly massive scale. Players take the captain's chair as they command their own starship and crew. Explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and boldly go where no one has gone before in this ever-expanding online universe.

Key Features:

  • Free-to-Play - Play a triple-A MMO experience without cost. Play from level 1 to 60 free of charge! There is no box price and no mandatory subscription. Enjoy Star Trek Online as you like, when you like.
  • Become part of Star Trek - In Star Trek Online, you will get 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.
  • Adventure in the Final Frontier - Explore strange new worlds and seek out new life and new civilizations in a vast, expanding universe. Establish contact with new races, discover resources, and uncover mysteries that will influence Star Trek's future.
  • You Are the Captain - Travel into the depths of space, across exotic planets, and even inside starships! Partake in epic space battles and lead away teams across unknown worlds, interacting with allies and battling enemies.
  • Duty Officers - Actively manage the unsung heroes of a starship and delegate assignments. Collect and trade officers with fellow captains to help a crew of legend. Earn special rewards, accolades and even advance in rank!
  • Total Customization - Using Cryptic’s Total Customization technology, every ship can be customized, from color to construction. What’s more, anyone can create a unique alien species in Star Trek Online. Leave your mark on the Star Trek universe!
  • Forge Your Own Strange New Worlds - With The Foundry, players can create and build brand new missions and stories to share with friends and the entire Star Trek Online community. Use the specialized toolset to create missions in space or on the ground. Craft custom missions, or really take your creativity to the next level by designing an entire series of episodes from the ground up!
Join us in Star Trek Online, and boldly go where no one has gone before!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP2 / Windows Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.8 Ghz or AMD Athlon X2 +3800
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 7800 / ATI Radeon X1800 / Intel HD Graphics
    • DirectX®: Version 9.0c or Higher
    • Hard Drive: 10GB Free Disk Space
    • Network: Broadband Internet Connection Required
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Legion
( 14.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
i played this for a couple of hours and i found it weird it was FTP, they should pay me to play it. Glitches, clunky controls, broken missions, co-op is a mess. The lore is the only thing remotely interesting in this programed disaster.
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Lumen
( 361.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Amazingly the downfall to this game is that it's Star Trek.
The game offers a great deal of play and counter play, as well as player made missions for you and your friends to dive into. You'll start off by captaining a ship, running missions and learning how to play, leveling is pretty quick and at any time you can jump in with your friends. The game auto adjusts your level so right off the get go you can play with your friends, just with fewer skills.

As you rank up you'll no doubt realize just how Star Trek blends serious diplomacy with silly events with Q and other challenges in the quadrent. You'll play missions where a klingon ally starts gloating about a secret mission you completed, except his highly creative spin on the world turns what was a serious event of near certain destruction, saved by the Enterprise, to a complete turn around of events.

I'm extremely picky about games, though not perfect, this is the best MMO I have played in my 25 years of gaming. Everquest, Eve Online, WoW, DAoC to name a few, you'll find pleasing combat mechanics, crazy and fun missions to complete, friends to goof around with and more than enough to enteraint yourself with for the rest of your life.
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quack!
( 24.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
i guess i forgot to review this game. you know what? its hard to review a game i hardly play anymore. i remember i use to be into this game... that must of been on another account years back because today all my ships are gone and this isnt my only steam account from the past. soooo if i had to rate this game from a couple of years ago. i'd say its a great MMO. better than star wars old republic. but NOT better than EVE online... this game is unique over eve though. each game being sort of different but both sharing the space like theme and going places far far from home. i say download it if you have nothing else to do. im sure nothings changed for the worse
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Brick (BrickmanVsGaming)
( 125.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Great game. A few bugs and glitches (and a sh*t ton of "Server not responding"s) but still great. although nowadays, on my PC, I always seem to get to the Title loading screen (you know, the screen where it always says "Star Trek Online" and the name of the expansion) and then, Boom! it crashes. And i don't know the cause. The gameplay is fun, the grinding is ok, and the events are top-notch. (yeah, I said "top-notch", whatcha gonna do?) though if Cryptic/Perfect World is reading this, give the people to earn one more ship before they hit Fleet Admiral. All in all, I give this game, a whooping 100/50 gold stars. (what, did you thing i was gonna pull a D*ck move and say 5/10? Shame on you.)
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「 Soma 」
( 432.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Ah~ STO. I've played STO on and off over the course of it's lifetime and still find it fun to play.

Star Trek Online is an MMORPG set in the Star Trek universe. In STO you have two types of gameplay: Ground and Space. In ground missions you and your Away Team beam down to planets, derelict ships and stations and asteroid bases and clear them of hostiles all while receiving nice little spoonfuls of lore, story and EXP/Loot. Space combat pits your ship against other ships for similar rewards. It has all the staples that you would come to expect from a modern MMO.

>Group Finder

>"Guilds" called Fleets

>Party system

>Auction House

>Huge amounts of cosmetics for your character

>Extensive crafting system

>Fleet Bases (Guild Halls) that you can upgrade.

>Hundreds of ships (Each with customizable looks)

The only downside is the dated graphics and game engine. The gameplay, however, is fantastic and quite fun. Explore anywhere at any time. All in all, it's one of those games that if you enjoy it, you'll find yourself coming back for more.
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Emu Lator
( 224.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Personally I am a huge fan of all the star trek movies and series, and i totally love this game, its awesome
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Dr. Benny Bing
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
Ah I love downloading a game that takes me to my web browser when I open it so I can play the game on their website.
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outlandishmango
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Unfortunatly this game suffers from what every other Star Trek game does and that is no longjevity and over complication
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gaminglabrador5
( 118.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
This game is very good.
There is no grind whatsoever.
You will never have to pay real money.
It will not take you a long time to make single digit zen.
The graphics are better than the newest game of 2016.
The balancing is amazing.
The bridges are all free and are all different from each other.
Every ship is not the same internally.
Everything in the game is free and not overpriced at all.
I am not being held captive by Cryptic in a gulag.
I am not being forced to type these sentences at gunpoint.
They are being nice and treating me very well.

1,000,000/10 A++++
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87 of 131 people (66%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
88.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Once upon a time (~2010-ish), there were two Sci-Fi MMORPGs. One merely had a "rough" start - that was Star Wars: The Old Republic.

Star Trek Online is an MMO with a few very interesting ideas, that could be so much more than it is. First, it's the only MMO I've seen with a level editor. Second, it takes the idea of character customization to its logical extreme. Lastly, it's set within a very rich universe.

Why am I not thumbs-upping this game?

What Works
First, customization. Your ship can be absolutely yours, from the outer hull to the bridge itself. You can be yours, in that you have 'a few' customization options for your Captain. Lastly, your bridge bunnies have the same degree of customization that you do. Want a 2410-version of a battlecruiser with bridge bunnies in TOS miniskirts? Doable!

This game has combat at two levels - ship-to-ship combat and ground combat. This is something that, again, I've never seen in an MMORPG, and combat at both levels feels reasonably good. It's a shame the downsides so outweigh this.

While the writing is questionable (this is Star Trek, after all), the missions are more than manageable, and are usually set up to be about the length of a TV episode (and, the official quests more or less fit the TV episode format in some ways.) In this way, you *can* just set aside 45m-1h for a mission, and walk away satisfied. Time-boxing in an MMO is something I've - again - never seen before, and like.

What Doesn't Work
Microtransaction. God, oh God, the microtransactions. This is the poster child of an Allegedly Free Game. Sure, you cna download it for free, patch for free, but to have anything resembling the ability to be competitive, you'd better be willing to shell out real money. Certain buy-only ships have special consoles (sort of like Trinkets in World of Warcraft) that can be equipped on other ships, but have to be de-equipped from the bought ship, first.

'But...you can make Zen in-game by exchanging refined dilithium!'

You can't make Zen in a reasonable amount of time. On 4 June, 1 Zen exchanged for 380 Refined Dilithium. Lowbie ships are 500 Zen, better ships can be 1500 or 3000. Using that rate, 380 * 500 = 190,000 Refined Dilithium. Now, sounds good, right? Just a lot of grinding? ...That would be too easy. There's an artificial limit on the amount of dilithium you can refine - 8,000 Dilithium per day. 190,000 (for our lowbie ship) / 8,000 = 23.75 days. For that newbie ship. I would define 3 days to 1 week as reasonable for a low end ship, 1 week to 2 weeks as reasonable for a high end ship, and a bleeding-edge ship as being able to be sorted within 2 weeks to one month.

Missions. This game tries to make you feel like you're free to explore, and you (sort of) are...but your freedom only goes so far. There's a number of missions where you cannot see through obvious deceptions (yes, the Ambassador really is an Undine infiltrator, and it's not subtle) or make otherwise reasonable decisions. "But Thou Must!" is very much in play in this game. If you want to be a Dangerously Genre Savvy Captain, look elsewhere.

Ship selection is another sticking point for me. If you're Federation, you're fine. If you're KDF, you're sort of OK for ship selection. Romulans can just go screw themselves, unless you want to pay out to buy a Federation or KDF ship instead. The balance of selections is pretty lopsided to the point where I can only conclude you're intended to actually play Federation, regardless of Empire choices.

This game is all about the grinding. If you absolutely must play, join during an XP boosted weekend, to rocket through as much of the early grind as possible. It won't save you from the mid-to-late game grind, or worse, the Admiralty grinds...but it's something.

I love PvP and more or less stopped when it became apparent that the developers share neither my love, nor the interest in keeping PvP interesting. The game is set up so that there's only really one PvP build per ship, and even then that exists within a very strictly controlled overall strategy.

The TL;DR
No. Just no. Not recommended, I award Cryptic/Perfect World no points, and may God have mercy on their souls.

This could be an awesome game...but it's just not. I once compared StarMade, a game with some seriously bad design decisions, to this one, but I wound up taking it back and apologizing, because comparing nearly anything else to this is unnecessarily harsh, and not at all different from saying highly unflattering things about all of a persons' female relations.

I would like to not only decry this game, but call upon the indie community to give us a game based loosely on Star Trek, maybe an MMO, that does what this game sets out to do, better than this. This game is the example of how not to do a game set in space, whatever good points it has.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
399.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
In my experience, a solid 7/10.

Star Trek Online is a pretty damn solid MMO, especially if you're a Sci-Fi fan like me. Its combat is pretty good (especially the space combat which is fantastic and could almost be counted as one of the game's best features, in my opinion), the character customization options are also pretty good (especially for Federation players who get a metric ton of playable races to choose from ranging from Vulcans and Humans to the parasitic Trill and the warlike Andorians and telepathic Betazoid). You can even customize your star ships! Many (if not most) of the available ships have alternate parts you can use to replace the default stock parts (ex. all the Federation ships I can think of have alternate engines and saucer sections you can choose from) and different paint-jobs you can apply to further differentiate yourself from other players. You also custom-name every ship you acquire (Federation players can even give their ships their own custom-made registry numbers [ex. the Enterprise's registry number is NCC 1701]).

A lot of reviews will highlight the number of microtransactions in the game, but I think they blow it way out of proportion. Does STO contain microtransactions? Yes. A few of the cooler ships available in-game are behind a microtransaction paywall (ex. the Federation Constitution-class is a replica of the original Enterprise and is available for a fee), however, the vast majority of the most powerful vessels in STO cannot be purchased via microtransaction.

Are there better MMOs out there? Certainly. But this is, by far, the best Sci-Fi MMO I've ever played. STO's free-to-play model is fair to those who pass on microtransactions but accomodates players who don't mind shelling-out some cash to gain access to some of the ritzier playable races, outfits, ships, and bridge layouts.

I highly recommend Star Trek Online to any fellow Trekkies out there who're looking for a decent Sci-Fi MMO since you get to rub-shoulders with awesome characters like Spock, Worf, Sela, Seven-of-Nine, and Tasha Yarr. There are even a few instances where you'll fight allongside iconic ships like Voyager, Defiant, and at least three different Enterprises!
If you're a Trekkie, give it a whirl and I don't think you'll be dissapointed.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4,402.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
RIP STO.

The game has turned into a grinding nightmare for players like me, who used to enjoy leveling up characters, buying individual ships i had "ground it out" for. Each new character seemed to get better and better as i learned how to make those insane DPS builds.
However, they have trashed the value of all the ingame currency and even though i am a life time subscriber, i would not recommend it to anyone wanting to go all that deep with it.
If you want to solo play and just enjoy the story line, why not, its perfectly good for that.

But, for people like myself, the game killed itself with monolithic greed.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
432.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Ah~ STO. I've played STO on and off over the course of it's lifetime and still find it fun to play.

Star Trek Online is an MMORPG set in the Star Trek universe. In STO you have two types of gameplay: Ground and Space. In ground missions you and your Away Team beam down to planets, derelict ships and stations and asteroid bases and clear them of hostiles all while receiving nice little spoonfuls of lore, story and EXP/Loot. Space combat pits your ship against other ships for similar rewards. It has all the staples that you would come to expect from a modern MMO.

>Group Finder

>"Guilds" called Fleets

>Party system

>Auction House

>Huge amounts of cosmetics for your character

>Extensive crafting system

>Fleet Bases (Guild Halls) that you can upgrade.

>Hundreds of ships (Each with customizable looks)

The only downside is the dated graphics and game engine. The gameplay, however, is fantastic and quite fun. Explore anywhere at any time. All in all, it's one of those games that if you enjoy it, you'll find yourself coming back for more.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
553.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
With well over 500 hours on this game i feel that i have to write a review. Firstly lets just say this, if you are not a person who likes to grind do not play thing game. This game is for people who really enjoy startrek universe. The game at times can be boring or diffucult at times but there are so many different things that you can do from PvP to PvE and even player-made content. You do not have to use mircotransactions to purchase anything as they have a few big events every year that reward some decent ships. The community is big and it is never hard to make your way into a fleet/clan. Overall i give it a 10/10 just because it is one of the best StarTrek games out there.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
145.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Spent many hours on this great game. Just came back to it after leaving it for several years. For a free to play game, it offers a fine storyline, and a lot of replayability as different Role Play Moddels, as well as playing for Star Fleet, the Klingons or the Romulans. Spending money on this game is optional, as it does not interferre in any way with the main story line. But when searching for the strongest items, you can choose either to earn in game Dilithium (which might take you a long while) and transfer that into ZEN, or just straight up buy ZEN coins.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
78.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
I don't play MMos much. I now play this one.

It's Free to Play, so it's definitely worth a try if you're looking at getting into it. It's also fairly easy to level up. You essentially gain a level each mission, but don't expect it to be a walk in a park.

I have yet to pay a cent, and I still love it.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2,713.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Game has been out for 6 years now with constant updates, so you're sure to get at least a few hours out of it. The community still exists and you won't have any problem finding an active fleet/clan to join. Even if you don't want to spend real money for a top tier ship, you're likely to get a free one at some point from one of the large events they have several times a year.

Worth the price of admission.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Ah I love downloading a game that takes me to my web browser when I open it so I can play the game on their website.
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523 of 589 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,522.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
The Good:
Star Trek Online is a free to play game where you can compete at the highest levels with no cash investment. Purchasing items from the store help's support the game, however this is one of a few MMO's where those with money are not left totally behind.

A lengthy story line is included that you can complete solo by filling the rest of your team positions with your bridge officers. Alternatively you can team up with friends and enjoy the experience together. The game contains a rich mix of ground and space missions in both the story line and the Special Task Force (STF) missions. There are also Zones such as Defari, Romulas, Voth and Nukara Prime where you can land planet side and complete a variety of missions. The developers are constantly adding new content, regions and special events. Anything can happen from free ships, a vacation to Risa or a visit from christmas Q.

Once you have reached max level there is the repuutation system to earn further bonuses and equipment. Plus Elite STF missions to test you.

The Bad:
Star Trek Online experience lag when servers are heavily. The interface and options are overwhelming so is the depth of charecter customisation and training. Bugs do exist and most have work arounds, this is not uncommon in a sofware upgraded over so many years.

Summary:
STO overall for a free to play is robust and has held my interest as a long term game. Main factors in this are the customization you can make to ship and crew and the changing content. We recommend you give the game a try.
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