Star Trek Online Boldly Enters Open Beta

Prepare to pick out your uniform, christen your starship, and boldly go where only closed beta participants have gone before, as Cryptic launches the open beta test for Star Trek Online.

It feels like only yesterday that Cryptic was revealed as the developer of Star Trek Online. The game was officially announced in July of 2008, and here we are, a year and a half later, kicking off the open beta with the game's release a mere month away. Fans who have pre-ordered the game can now use their codes to enter the open beta, with FilePlanet handing out the beta keys to its subscribers. The beta runs from now until January 26th.

"We are thrilled to give open beta access to fans as we draw nearer to the official release of Star Trek Online," said Craig Zinkievich, Executive Producer on Star Trek Online. "We are looking forward to the launch of our first-of-a-kind MMORPG with anticipation and excitement and we expect Star Trek Online to explode onto the scene, giving fans and gamers a Star Trek experience like no other."

I've been participating on and off in the closed beta, and so far I've liked a lot of what I've seen, especially where ship-to-ship combat is concerned. While I'm not completely sold on away-team missions yet, some of the more creative examples I've encountered have shown promise.

You don't need to take my word for it any longer, as long as you're a FilePlanet subscriber or have pre-ordered the game. Stay tuned to the game's official site for more opportunities to score a beta key.


    played for about an hour this morning before heading to work - yes I got up a little earlier than usual ;p

    I'm liking what I saw.

      Same! Woke up early and ate breakfast while creating my character, played for an hour, had a shower and booted it back up to finish the tutorial while getting dressed haha.

      So far I think it's pretty awesome. It does sort of feel like Champions Online, but the interface is FAR less clunky (one of my biggest complaints about CO) and there wasn't any lag or rubberbanding. A few login problems but considering it's first day of open beta that's really to be expected.

      You can feel the fact that yes it is an MMO (oversized map designs to fit lots of people, respawning points etc), but the game just reeks of Trek, it's like a fanboy dream come true. Can't wait to get home and take my new ship for a spin! (USS Chihuahua with Ensign Paris Hilton (a member of the ugly blue alien race) at the helm)

        Oh, and before anyone goes "BAWWWW it's not out till the 12th of February and there's no bonuses in Australia" or something, just get it from Steam!

    Same experience as rob - up early before work for a play. It! The starship combat was a bit slow, but then it was the tutorial, I imagine it will speed up when I actually know what the hell I'm doing.

    Can't wait to spend some more time flying around in my little ship pewpewing those naughty borg.

    Its not really THAT open a beta by the looks. Oh well, looks like my poor elderly laptop cpu couldn't handle it anyway

      Open enough. I got that feeling too at first, as I had to log into FilePlanet to get the beta key. But once logged in it was easy enough. Now for work to finish and for me to download 8 gigs worth of beta... This will take a while.

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