When Perpetual Entertainment folded earlier this year shortly after giving over the Star Trek Online license to another party, a lot of fans thought that the game had disappeared into the internet dust bin. But it looks like Cryptic Studios, the devs behind City of Heroes/City of Villains, have taken up the away mission in continuing work on the game and have officially announced it today.
This one looks like it could be interesting, but with so many MMOs as combat heavy as they are, I wonder how players will adapt to the relatively benign universe that Star Trek hopes to deliver. Perpetual’s vision had described players as being able to explore planets, live out their Starfleet careers, and even captain ships complete with a crew of other players in hopping across the Alpha Sector. From Cryptic’s web page, it sounds like they’re focusing more on captaining ships and dueling with each other out in space or on planets which almost sounds as if it’s going down the more combat heavy route of most other MMOs especially in mentioning a Klingon captain role.
There’s really not a lot else that was revealed on the new official site, but it does hint that Cryptic may have opted for the easier route to character advancement. I’m sure more details will be forthcoming, though, aside from a batch of screenshots.