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Star Trek Online (often abbreviated to STO) is a Star Trek themed free-to-play MMORPG developed by the Cryptic Studios, published by Perfect World Entertainment.

Star Trek Online takes place 30 years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis in the year 2409 when the Federation is at war with the Klingon Empire once again.

Game release[edit | edit source]

The launch of Star Trek Online for Microsoft Windows happened on February 2, 2010. Players who pre-ordered had early access, called Head Start, which began January 29, 2010. The launch build was temporarily revived on April 1, 2015, known as Star Trek Online: Rebirth, allowing players to experience the game as it originally existed.

On November 12, 2013, a beta version of Star Trek Online became available for Mac OS, but the official support ends on February 5th 2016.[1]

Microsoft Windows:

Beta access dates

  • Closed Beta: October 22, 2009
  • Open Beta: January 12–26, 2010
  • Head Start: January 29, 2010

Release dates

  • North America: February 2, 2010
  • Europe: February 5, 2010
  • Australia: February 11, 2010
Xbox One and PlayStation 4:

Release dates

  • North America: September 6, 2016
  • Europe: September 7, 2016

Development[edit | edit source]

Star Trek Online was originally being developed by Perpetual Entertainment, but in January 2008 the company announced it would no longer be developing the game and the license and content was transferred over to Cryptic Studios, while game was being published by Atari Interactive and Namco Bandai.

After the Perfect World acquisition of Cryptic, it was announced on August 31, 2011 that they would be offering a Star Trek Online free-to-play model in addition to its subscription option. The details of such a system, with free silver accounts and paying gold accounts was announced September 6. The free-to-play service launched on January 17, 2012 (or 17/01). By July 2012, Star Trek Online was the top performing game for Perfect World North America [2].

System requirements[edit | edit source]

As of March 1, 2017, Star Trek Online no longer[3] supports Windows XP and Direct3D 9, or Video Cards with a Direct3D Hardware Feature Level less than 10.0. To ensure a smooth gaming experience, it is recommend that the following settings are met:

  • OS: Windows® Vista SP2, 7, 8 or 10
  • Processor: Core 2 Duo 1.8Ghz (or equivalent AMD CPU)
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 8000, ATI/AMD Radeon HD 2000, Intel G965M Express, Intel HD Graphics 2000 or better (Supports Direct3D Hardware Feature Level 10 or higher)
  • Sound: DirectX 10 compatible sound chip or onboard audio capability with the latest sound drivers

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

See also: Getting Started in STO
See also: Star Trek Online FAQ

Gameplay revolves around playing a character of desired faction in an open world, with various locations and elements from the Star Trek universe. It features a combination of space, where you take control of a starship, and ground portion of the game, where you control an avatar from the first or third person view. Game starts with a character customization, and a tutorial which introduces player with basic mechanics and available game formats, such as PvE (episodic storyline, PvE Queues), PvP and other content slowly unlocked with leveling.

Major updates[edit | edit source]

See Upcoming content for information on future releases.
See Release notes for list of weekly patches.

Seasons in Star Trek Online
Era Season Focus
Release Date
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Star Trek Online Game launch
02 Feb 2010
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
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Expansion:
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
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
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Expansion:
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
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Expansion:
Agents Of Yesterday
New TOS Federation playable faction, Yesterday's War arc, Temporal Operative Specialization, Temporal Defense Initiative reputation faction
6 Jul 2016
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
Season 13:
 Escalation
Competitive Wargames reputation, Space Skill rebalance, Player Potential System
25 Apr 2017
Season 13.5 Endeavor System, Ferengi Alliance Admiralty campaign
18 Jul 2017
Season 14:
 Emergence
New Fleet Colony World five-tier holding and defense queues, “Red Alert: Tzenkethi”, Miracle Worker Specialization
3 Oct 2017

Statistics[edit | edit source]

For the 3rd Anniversary of Star Trek Online, PC Gamer released some game statistics [4]:

  • 2 million existing player characters
  • 10 million starships in service
  • 10 billion light years travelled
  • 1 billion planetary encounters
  • 800 million episodes completed
  • 16,500 fleets in service

For the 4th Anniversary of Star Trek Online, additional statistics were released: [5]:

  • 3.2 million existing player characters
  • 16 million starships in service
  • 300 playable starships to command
  • 2.8 million reputation projects completed
  • 75.8 million duty officers in service
  • 21,500 fleets in service

For the 5th Anniversary of Star Trek Online, additional statistics were released: [6]:

  • 3.8 million existing player characters, on 2.5 million accounts
    • 51% tactical, 28% engineering, 22% science
    • 73% Starfleet, 16% Klingon, 11% Romulan
  • 421 playable starships to command
  • 107 million duty officers in service
  • 25,040 fleets in service

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Perpetual Entertainment screenshots[edit | edit source]

Some of the very few in-game screenshots released, shortly before Perpetual Entertainment stopped development.

Concept art[edit | edit source]

Beta screenshots[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]