Star Trek Online, STO or ST:O for short, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Cryptic Studios based on the popular Star Trek series created by Gene Roddenberry. The game is set in the year 2409, 30 years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis.
Players were able to immerse themselves in the future of the Trek universe, exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations in an ever expanding vast universe. Players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship. Or they can become a Klingon Warlord and expand the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy. Players will have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems, make contact with new alien species, discover resources and uncover mysteries that will change the future of the Star Trek universe. With Episode Missions, every moment spent playing Star Trek Online will feel like a new Star Trek episode in which you are the star.
Star Trek Online, previously requiring a game purchase and a recurring monthly fee, is now free-to-play. The change to a free-to-play model lets players download and play Star Trek Online without a retail copy or subscription. However, free, non-subscribing players will have some restrictions on guild creation, Energy Credit Storage, Character Slots, Dilithium Refinement, bridge officer slots, free inventory, chat, mail, forums, and respecs. Free players will also be restricted from the Foundry without a purchase. In-game purchases will allow free players to purchase these unlockable services, items and content to customize their gameplay.
Here’s an overview of Star Trek Online’s free-to-play features and how you can engage in a number of different ways:
The Universe is Your Only Limit – Play as much as you like for as long as you like at no cost. No subscription is necessary, nor is payment of any kind required.
Episodic Gameplay – Experience new weekly episodes that feature story-based gameplay and put your captain’s ability to command to the ultimate test.
Your Captain, Your Crew, Your Destiny – Become a captain, seek out new life and new civilizations and encounter hostile beings as you advance to maximum level for free.
Familiar Places, New Experiences – Travel to Starfleet Academy, Deep Space Nine, The First City of Qo’noS and many other iconic locations and notable worlds from the beloved Star Trek universe.
Check out the Star Trek Online: Free to Play Launch Trailer