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Star Trek Online to go free-to-play

Cryptic Studios, the makers of Star Trek Online say the shift to free-to-play will happen by the end of the year

Star Trek Online to go free-to-play
Cryptic Studios has announced that Star Trek Online will soon be free-to-play

Cryptic Studios announced today that its MMO Star Trek Online is going to become free-to-play.

Jack Emmet, CEO, Cryptic Studio said, "In addition to seeking out new life and exploring strange new civilizations, part of our continuing mission for Star Trek Online is to expand and improve. Transitioning to a free-to-play model is a natural way to share all we've built with a broader community of players, and we couldn't be more excited."

Cryptic Studios will allow players to access all areas of the game at no charge. Current subscribers and players who bought lifetime subscriptions will get extra character slots, larger inventories, the ability to form Guilds and a monthly quota of points to purchase premium items. Free players will be limited in terms of in-game chat and mail systems until they reach 20 hours of playing time.

Revenue losses forced Atari to put up Cryptic Studios for sale earlier this year. It was bought by Chinese MMO producer Perfect World for just under US $50 million. Cryptic's other popular MMO, Champions League, went free-to-play in January.

No exact dates have been declared but Cryptic says the shift to free-to-play will happen before the end of the year.

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