Star Trek Online To Boldly Go Free To Play In 2011
Star Trek Online is going to be taking a big-ticket sci-fi licensed MMO into free to play territory sometime in the fourth quarter of this year, beating sci-fi heavyweight EVE Online to the punch. It’s not that EVE has even talked about being free to play — their item store generated such a furor that its customer base just might have to be dragged kicking and screaming into a f2p model — but there are likely plans on the drawing board for such a move. There have to be.
This also makes us scratch or heads over what Knights of the Old Republic will end up doing. Maybe a WOW-style free to play where you get the first 20 levels free and need to subscribe to get into the good stuff? Either way, paying for a boxed copy of a game seems so archaic. I could definitely see CCP dropping the initial setup fee for EVE as part of a f2p model down the road. You want more people to try your game, even if it’s a pared back version of it. Otherwise how will they get hooked?eve online, free to play, knights of the old republic, MMO, star trek online