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Free-to-Play launched on January 17, 2012 for all players and on January 5, 2012 for previous subscribers. Players will continue to have the choice in subscribing (gold accounts) or playing for free (silver accounts) under some restrictions. On May 3, 2018, the subscription model was discontinued for new players; existing subscriptions will continue, and can be cancelled at any time. To replace gold subscriptions, the Elite Starter Pack [1] was introduced.

Early access[edit | edit source]

Executive producer Stephen D'Angelo announced[2] that on January 5, 2012 players whose subscriptions to Star Trek Online had expired would be welcomed back to the game two weeks early, by being given free Silver memberships.

Features Matrix[edit | edit source]

All accounts will have unlimited access to all sectors and missions, PvP, Fleet Actions, Events and Dailies, Feature Episode Series, Special Task Forces, unlockable Klingon faction at level 24, playable classes (tactical, science, engineer), default playable species, unlockable premium playable species, ability to join a fleet, 3 free costume / uniform slots, playable Foundry content, purchaseable premium ships.

There are several differences between the subscriber gold accounts (lifetime or legacy $14.99 monthly subscriptions) and silver accounts (no subscription required).[3]

Gold
(Legacy monthly subscriptions; Lifetime Subscriptions)
Silver
(Free-to-Play)
Energy Credit Storage Limit 1 Billion Cap 10 Million Cap (1 Billion Cap available as account-wide unlock for 500 Zen small icon.png)
Dilithium Refinement Cap 8k per day (automatically upon logging in, up to one week's worth per login) 8k per day (manually)
Character slots 4 Character slots[4] 3 Character slots[4]
Bridge Officer slots[4] 4 initial plus 2 at levels 10, 20, 40 4 initial plus 1 at levels 30, 40
Max Free Inventory[4] 96 42
Max Free Bank Inventory[4] 108 48
Shared-account Bank Inventory 20[4] 0[4]
Captain Retrain Token (Respec)[4] 1 Free Per Rank, Veteran Rewards Purchasable
Foundry Project Starting Slots 8 Starting Slots, Additional Unlockable Unlockable
Standard Ships Automatic Unlockable (free ship token at level 10 and 20, dilithium discount on new ships at level 30 and 40)
Veteran Rewards Automatic every 100 days Unavailable
Fleet formation Unlimited Limited[5]
Priority Login Free Unavailable
In-Game Chat Unlimited Access Rate limited, broadcast chat restricted, private messages only to friends (Limit Removable)[5]
Out-of-Game Chat XMPP allowed[6] Unavailable
Customer Service Unlimited Limited
Tribble test server access Immediately available for sign-up Available for sign-up[5]
In-Game Vivox Voice Chat No advertisements Ad-supported
Monthly Stipend 500 Zen small icon.png Unavailable

Free-to-Play Test[edit | edit source]

The F2P build was first released on Tribble 29 September 2011. Cryptic held an extended Season 5 testing period Tribble Test Weekend from 29 September 2011 until 30 November 2011. Players who participated could receive various cumulative rewards, released on 8 December 2011:

Faction Reward Requirement
Faction Starfleet.pngFaction KDF.png Random duty officers Playing on Tribble[1]
Faction Starfleet.pngFaction KDF.png Radan Tribble (bound item, account-wide unlock) Getting a new Federation character up to level 6, or for gaining one level on any transferred Federation or Klingon character.[2]
Faction Starfleet.png 8 Hour Skill Bonus (one-time claim for any character) Getting a non-transferred Federation character up to level 11.[2]
Faction Starfleet.png 80,000 Refined dilithium icon.png (one-time claim for any character) Getting a non-transferred Federation character up to level 31.[2]
Faction Starfleet.png Exclusive title "Dimensional Hero" (account-wide unlock) and starship slot Getting a non-transferred Federation character up to level 51.[2]
Faction KDF.png 80,000 Refined dilithium icon.png (one-time claim for any character) Getting a non-transferred Klingon character up to level 31.[2]
Faction KDF.png Exclusive title "Dimensional_Warrior" [sic] (account-wide unlock) and starship slot Getting a non-transferred Klingon character up to level 51.[2]
Faction Starfleet.pngFaction KDF.png Varel, unique blue quality duty officer (bound, account-wide unlock). Getting a character to Tier 1 commendation (2,500 CXP in same category). [2]
Faction Starfleet.pngFaction KDF.png Tactical Exocomp (Fed) / Goshi the Augmented (Fed), unique purple quality duty officers (bound, account-wide unlock). Getting a character to Tier 2 commendation (15,000 CXP in same category).[2]
Faction Starfleet.pngFaction KDF.png Automated Personnel Unit, unique purple quality duty officer with a unique ability not available elsewhere in-game (bound, account-wide unlock) Getting a character to Tier 3 commendation (50,000 CXP in same category).[2]

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]



Seasons in Star Trek Online
Update Focus
PC Release Date
Console Release Date
Star Trek Online Game launch
02 Feb 2010
6 Sep 2016
Season 1:
 Common Ground
PvP, new fleet actions, more customization options
24 Mar 2010
Season 2:
 Ancient Enemies
Level cap increase (40-50), Tier 5 ships, new content (Undine Advance, Klingon Sector, Diplomacy missions)
27 Jul 2010
Season 3:
 Genesis
The Foundry (Beta), Sector Space graphics revamp
09 Dec 2010
Season 4:
 Crossfire
Ground combat revamp, UI update, revamp of First City
07 Jul 2011
Season 5:
 Call to Arms
Defera Adventure Zone, Duty Officer system, skill revamp and STF overhaul
01 Dec 2011
Season 6:
 Under Siege
Fleet Advancement System (including fleet ships and missions), Nukara Adventure Zone
12 Jul 2012
Season 7:
 New Romulus
New Romulus Adventure Zone, Reputation System (Task Force Omega, New Romulus), and Tau Dewa Sector Block
13 Nov 2012
Legacy of Romulus Playable Romulan faction (with its own ships, missions and hubs), Klingon missions for levels 1-20, Nimbus Adventure Zone, UI revamp, New equipment slot: Warp Core, Nukara Strikeforce reputation
21 May 2013
Season 8:
 The Sphere
New enemy (the Voth) and Dyson Joint Command reputation faction, Dyson Sphere Space Adventure Zone & Ground Battlezone, Starfleet tutorial revamp
12 Nov 2013
Season 8.5 4th Anniversary with new Feature Mission, Klingon War revamp, Quick Equip, Loadouts, starship switching mechanics
30 Jan 2014
Season 9:
 A New Accord
New Feature Mission advancing timeline to 2410, Space Battlezone, Borg Advance revamp, revamp of Reputation System, 8472 Counter-Command reputation faction, Traits & Kits
22 Apr 2014
Season 9.5 Crafting revamp
21 Jul 2014
Delta Rising Level cap increase (50-60), Tier 6 ships, Mk XIII-XIV gear (Gear Upgrade System), addition of Delta Quadrant, Captain Specialization system, Delta Alliance reputation faction and Kobali adventure zone
14 Oct 2014
Mid-season update Command Specialization, Bridge Officer training revamp, Secondary Deflectors, Romulan Mystery arc revamp, Foundry Top 3
29 Jan 2015
Season 10:
 The Iconian War
New enemy (the Heralds), Iconian Resistance reputation faction, expanded Pilot specialization and complete overhaul of Sector Space into Alpha, Beta, and Delta Quadrants
21 Apr 2015
Season 10.5 Fleet Research Lab, Fleet Armada System
16 Jul 2015
Season 11:
 New Dawn
Beginning of new major story arc, Admiralty System, Cardassian Struggle revamp, Badlands Battlezone, Terran Task Force reputation faction
27 Oct 2015
Season 11.5 Skill system revamp, Visual Slots, Romulan Republic Admiralty campaign, Strategist Specialization
12 Apr 2016
Agents Of Yesterday New TOS Starfleet playable faction, Yesterday's War arc, Temporal Operative Specialization, Temporal Defense Initiative reputation faction
6 Jul 2016
14 Feb 2017
Agents Of Yesterday: Artifacts Fleet Station K-13, Kit revamp, graphics and lighting update, beginning of new major story arc
25 Oct 2016
Season 12:
 Reckoning
New enemy (the Tzenkethi), Tzenkethi Battlezone, R&D: Kits and Modules School, Lukari Restoration Initiative reputation
26 Jan 2017
18 Apr 2017
Season 13:
 Escalation
Competitive Wargames reputation, Space Skill rebalance, Player Potential System
25 Apr 2017
6 Jun 2017
Season 13.5 Endeavor System, Ferengi Alliance Admiralty campaign
18 Jul 2017
7 Sep 2017
Season 14:
 Emergence
New Fleet Colony World five-tier holding and defense queues, “Red Alert: Tzenkethi”, Miracle Worker Specialization
3 Oct 2017
14 Nov 2017
Season 14.5 Constable Specialization
3 Apr 2018
22 May 2018
Victory is Life New Dominion playable faction, level cap increase (65), Mk XV gear, playable Cardassians, Gamma Quadrant arc and locations, including Gamma Quadrant Battlezone, Gamma Task Force reputation faction, Deep Space 9 revamp
5 Jun 2018
25 July 2018
Season 15:
 Age of Discovery
New Star Trek: Discovery-themed Starting Experience, Task Force Operations (formerly Queues) Revamp, Mission Journal Streamlining, Tier Six Reputations
9 Oct 2018
13 Nov 2018
Season 16:
 Mirror of Discovery
Personal Endeavors, New story arc, 9 Year Anniversary Event
23 Jan 2019
5 Mar 2019
Season 17:
 Rise of Discovery
All Tier 6 starships converted to level-scaling, Discovery Legends reputation faction
14 May 2019
25 Jun 2019
Season 18:
 Awakening
New Patrols debuting with new Patrol UI, Mycelial Crisis event
10 Sep 2019
Oct 2019
Upcoming content