Last weekend was Star Trek Mission New York, a Star Trek convention held in New York City for the first time in years. We were lucky enough to attend and even got a few cool interviews for the Screen Heroes podcast. One of the bigger booths was Perfect World’s Star Trek Online area which boasted playable demos on PS4 and Xbox One. The game went live on those two platforms two days ago on September 6th, making the end to a 6 1\2 year PC exclusive.
The Star Trek Online MMO has been around for a long time, getting updates, new factions, new content, and new expansions on a regular basis. In fact, they released a major expansion “Agents of Yesterday” just this summer, allowing players to jump back in time to the era of Kirk and Spock and eventually become Temporal Agents in the distant future. Star Trek Online was excited to show the world what six years of experience looks like with an all-new engine and they did just that this weekend at Star Trek Mission New York. Let’s take a look at some detail. First, what is Star Trek Online?
Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, become a Klingon Warrior and champion the Empire through the far reaches of the galaxy, or rebuild the Romulan legacy as the commander of a Romulan Republic Warbird.
- THE DEPTH OF STAR TREK
Captains can explore the galaxy, visiting all 4 quadrants, including 100+ iconic Star Trek locations. During these missions, they will interact with original characters from the television show voiced by Trek actors, including Jeri Ryan, Michael Dorn, Tim Russ and more.
- YOUR MISSIONS, YOUR WAY
Players can choose from three classic Star Trek factions (Federation, Klingon and Romulan) to create their own Captain and customize their bridge crew and starships for a completely personalized Star Trek experience.
- EXPANSIVE CONTENT
Star Trek Online on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One will launch with over six years of content, including over 130 featured episodes. The game will receive regular updates to include new locations and characters straight from the Star Trek universe.
- UPDATED GRAPHICS AND CONTROLS
A brand new UI and control scheme has been added, allowing players to navigate both space and ground combat with ease. Modern lighting technologies have also been added to improve the overall visual quality of the game.
Brining Star Trek Online to consoles required an entirely new UI, replacing the free moving menus of the PC version. The image below shows an example of this new UI while in space mode.
Over the years, Star Trek Online has been able to leverage canon characters by bringing in veteran Star Trek actors from the likes of Leonard Nimoy, Denise Crosby, and Garrett Wang, among others.
Even bigger news broke during the convention as the Star Trek Online team announced that coming soon, you’ll be able to physically print 3D models of your custom starships from the game. This includes custom components, colors, names, etc. The ships are a decent size too, around 10-12″ and leverage the latest 3D printing technology. Below you can see three different examples including the Odyssey class starship used for the Enterprise F in-game (center).
For more information on Star Trek Online, its jump to Xbox One and PS4, UI changes, content comparisons, and details on the 3D ship printing, listen to this week’s Screen Heroes podcast episode where I interview Al Rivera, Lead Designer behind Star Trek Online, pictured below.
As always, Star Trek Online is free-to-play, even on Xbox One and PS4. You can download the game at no risk, even if you’re a Lifetime PC member like myself. Start up a new faction character just to check out the new UI features and how well these ships handle a controller.
Do you play Star Trek Online? Comment below and maybe we can team up for a mission or two! Live long and prosper.