When Cryptic’s other major MMORPG, “Champions Online,” changed over to a free-to-play model earlier this year, people began to wonder how long it would be until “Star Trek Online” followed in its footsteps. Then, this summer, when Perfect World Entertainment picked up Cryptic Studios it only seemed like a matter of time. Why? Because PW is known for its free-to-play games and having games that were subscription-based would go against their nature as game developers.
The plan is to have STO go free-to-play by the end of 2011, but this does leave several questions that need to be answered: Will the game be entirely free-to-play or will a subscription option still remain? Will greater emphasis go into the C-Store? What about people who purchased lifetime subscriptions to the game – will they get any sort of refund?
Regardless, this is likely welcome news to many who wanted to play the game but couldn’t justify a subscription for it. After all, though the game has come a long way there still are several bugs and the game, outside of role-playing, is rather bland. Yet, if the game is free, it’s hard to go totally wrong with it!
Thanks for pointing this out to me, Warren!
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