A Few New Details on Star Trek Online

Cryptic’s Leonard Nimoy-equipped world reveal for Star Trek Online may be set for tomorrow, but the Associated Press has passed on a few details a little early.

Star Trek Online players will create a character that can be modeled either after one of Star Trek’s famous alien species, or based on original player-created alien races (which may irk the more canonical Star Trek devotees). After creating their character, players will captain their own Starfleet or Klingon Empire ship, traveling to different planets, and — naturally — having plenty of adventures.

"You’ll venture through space exploring new civilizations and life-forms," said Jack Emmert, Cryptic’s chief creative officer. "You’ll also beam down to planets and have adventures inside your ship. It’s a galactic-wide game. There’s going to be tons of space to investigate. We have a great system for exploration, which will allow for almost infinite possibilities."

The game will be set "a few generations" after the latest Star Trek film, meaning players won’t see familiar faces such as Captains Jean-Luc Picard or James T. Kirk. That doesn’t mean there won’t be any familiar names in Star Trek Online, though. "There might be a ship called Enterprise flying around, but it’s probably not the same ship anymore," said Emmert. "Most of the characters will have either retired or passed on, but you’ll definitely be going to all the places you know and love from ‘Star Trek.’ Expect to see oldies like Vulcan and Bajor but also fan favorites like Andoria and Qo’noS."

Players will also be able to engage in ship vs. ship battles in deep space, although it wasn’t made clear if those will be player vs. player bouts. In fact, that raises another question: If every player will be captain of his or her own starship, how exactly will the partying system work? Will you be able to recruit team members to join you on your own ship?

Perhaps more clarification will come with tomorrow’s unveiling, which Emmert promises will have tons of real gameplay footage to show. "You’re going to see the actual game working and functioning," he said. "This isn’t renders. This isn’t concept art. Everything that people will see on Sunday is going to be taken right from Star Trek Online as it stands today, so hardened people should know that a release date might be closer than they think."

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