Is it Free to play yet, and if so is it worth it?
January 17th is the date.
And is it worth it? It's free, so you don't have anything to lose. I think it's a pretty fun game, it has a lot of flaws, but the space combat is really great, and if you're a Star Trek fan there's some good stuff in the missions and customisation. If you have no interest in Trek though, I don't think there's much that would give it any lasting appeal.
@dice66111: I played it during the free month after launch but then gave it up. Like WinterSnowblind said it has a lot of flaws, but there is a lot of good atmospheric stuff in there and the space combat is pretty neat. I'm thinking of giving it another go during the holidays now that it's free.
@Vodun: One of the biggest problems is still the utter lack of content. You can literally do everything in about a month, I have no idea why people have been subscribing for almost two years..
F2P is perfect for this game. You can play through some of the missions, buy a few things you like on the store then stop and come back after a few months to see what they've added, etc.
They just added the duty officer system, which is a really great little micro-management game that helps it feel more like you're commanding a ship, and they're busy hyping up new missions that will involve the Enterprise-F, which is pretty exciting too.
I remember really liking it in the closed/open beta. Space combat was a simplified star trek bridge commander (which is one of my favorite games). The away team things were standard MMO gameplay but I was fine with it. I had great potential back then and I don't know if they acted on it or not. But man I can't wait for it to go F2P.
@Buzzkill: It's Perfect World who own it, they're not exactly a shady company. Just expect it to have a lot more in the way of microtransactions.
Like I said though, F2P microtransactions should suit the game a lot better than the subscription Atari forced onto it.
@PhatSeeJay: If I shoot you a message are you able to invite into the GB fleets?
I have 2 fresh "freep" toons I would like to play with other duders. I'm not so deep into TOR that I can't load this up too for my DOFFs. :)
My only other fleet preference would be Jupiter Force, and although I love the show I'm just not sure if it's worth the hoops.
I've been in the early access to F2P content for about a week or two and a lot of it has changed, the quests/episodes have been redone, and there's A LOT of players around, probably down to server consolidation. also, you fly around without the astrometrics map :O
Didn't know it was going f2p...that's a bummer for the people who bought lifetime subscriptions
It's really not a bummer, the Gold perks mean something to the people that play STO every night, or have played for the past 2 years. And they are still selling lifetime subs in fact.
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