Emmert is apparently looking to Champions Online, another MMO that just shifted from subscription-based to free-to-play, as a guinea-pig of sorts. "We're not sold one way or the other with Star Trek yet," he said. "If people want Star Trek to go free-to-play then get in and play Champions and help make it a great success, because that would send a strong message."
Champions Online's free-to-play model splits players into groups of subscribers and free-to-players. The free-to-play members don't have access to all of the bells and whistles that subscribers receive, but can still play most of the content for free, with á la carte purchasing options also available.
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Subtitled 'Ancient Enemies,' the update brings eight new Klingon Episodes starring "the Fek'ihri, the fabled enemy of Kahless, founder of the Klingon Empire" as well as a little peace and love on the Federation side with 'Federation Diplomatic Corps' missions.
There's also a higher level cap plus new 'Mark XI' items, new 'Tier 5' ships and "high-level versions of every Special Task Force mission and Fleet Action." More importantly, you can now play 'Dabo'--the casino game famously played in Quark's Bar.
You can download a 7.36GB demo for Star Trek Online from FileShack.
Watch the video on Shackvideo.Based on the quick glimpses we scanned from the footage, it would appear that at least one of the new enemies is based on the Hur'q, which had previously threatened gamers on the PlayStation in Star Trek: Invasion.So far, it appears that Cryptic isn't going to let executive producer Craig Zinkievich's departure slowdown any progress it makes in evolving Star Trek Online for the better. And according to some, it has a long way to go.
You can play through the entire Star Trek Online Tutorial, as well as the Episode "Stranded in Space." Master your skills in space and on the ground, then rescue the S.S. Azura!
The Demo is restricted to the Federation faction.
Additionally, players that have allowed his or her game subscription lapse are welcome to play for free this weekend as Cryptic attempts to draw player...
"It's something we can readily do in terms of technology. We've had it up and running on certain consoles, and had plans and designs in order to take advantage of those platforms," Zinkievich explained. "But as it stands right now it's a little difficult to make that final leap on the busines...