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  • Exclusive STO for Mac Developer Blog

    Cryptic Studios and Star Trek Online recently started an open beta for the enabled native Mac client for STO. We are proud to announce that the Mac client is now out of beta and LIVE! This new feature was the culmination of a lot of work from our core software team, in conjunction with our partners at Transgaming. The journey for converting STO, a game that was completely developed for PC architecture, to work with Mac was a long and interesting process.

    Posted on 03/12/2014 by Guest Writer
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More Recent Features

  • The Best MMOs of 2013

    As we embark on an exciting new year of MMO releases, we reflect back on the year that was. Though 2013 was light on new MMOs, it was filled to the brim with games fighting for our attention. Patch after patch hit our newsreels. Games such as EVE Online and Lord of the Rings Online spun heads with their expansions. Two of the bigger new games, Final Fantasy XIV and Neverwinter, both impressed and addicted us. Today we reflect on the best. Join us as we countdown the top ten Best MMOs of 2013.

    Posted on 01/10/2014 by Christopher Coke
  • Legacy of Romulus Review

    Star Trek Online received the Legacy of Romulus expansion not long ago and we've been playing the new content to see how it fares. We've got our exclusive review to share today and also look forward to your thoughts in the comments. Read on!

    Posted on 06/28/2013 by George Dimmock
  • Daniel Stahl Talks Legacy of Romulus

    Today is a big for Star Trek Online with the release of the Legacy of Romulus expansion. We managed to catch up to Daniel Stahl to talk more about LoR and it's an interview you won't want to miss. Check it out before heading to the comments to weigh in on the discussion.

    Posted on 05/21/2013 by Garrett Fuller
  • Things Are Great in Roddenberry's World

    It's hard to believe but Star Trek Online is poised on the edge of its third anniversary. We managed to catch up with Executive Producer Dan Stahl to talk about STO. See what he had to say and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 01/31/2013 by William Murphy
  • New Romulus Expands the Story

    Star Trek Online players have been excited as the development of Season 7: New Romulus has been underway. The new season brings lots of changes to the game and expands the story to give players insight into what has happened to the Romulan home world and more. We caught up with Executive Producer Dan Stahl to talk about New Romulus. Check out what he reveals!

    Posted on 11/13/2012 by Garrett Fuller
  • Content Stagnation in MMORPGs

    It's a common complaint among gamers that MMOs get old very quickly without frequent and -meaningful- updates. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at that notion and offer a few thoughts. Read on!

    Posted on 07/18/2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Five Truly Innovative Game Features

    In The List today, we take a look at what we believe are five truly innovative game features from five of the most popular MMOs of today, both released and unreleased. See what you think and then leave us your comments.

    Posted on 02/27/2012 by Suzie Ford
  • Ripper X's First Impressions

    Ripper boldly heads to space and jumps into Star Trek Online, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by Cryptic Studios based on the popular Star Trek series created by Gene Roddenberry. Check out Star Trek Online: Ripper X's First Impressions.

    Posted on 02/22/2012 by Ripper X
  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    Sometimes that movie or TV show you love so well is NOT the best candidate for an MMO. In today's Coyote's Howling we show you exactly what we mean when we say that. Check it out and then let us know what you're thinking in the comments.

    Posted on 01/19/2012 by Coyote Sharptongue

Editorial

  • Story of the Week: Star Trek Online Runs Free

    Though it wasn't entirely unexpected, Cryptic and Perfect World Entertainment announced this week that they have plans to make Star Trek Online free-to-play by the end of 2011. In a week filled with PAX coverage, this story garnered a lot of attention if only because many have been hoping for this development for some time now.

    Posted on 09/03/2011 by William Murphy
  • The Sci-Fi MMO: The Present

    In the second of a three part series, MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy explores the Sci-Fi subgenre of MMOs and looks at its present and where we stand today.

    Posted on 02/24/2010 by William Murphy
  • Cryptic in 2010

    MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller speculates about the year ahead of Cryptic Studios and brings to light an interesting "In Development" piece of concept art that many of us may have forgotten about.

    Posted on 12/22/2009 by Garrett Fuller
  • Important Aspects of the Franchise

    MMORPG.com Managing Editor Jon Wood takes a look at the Star Trek franchise and identifies a number of elements that he would like to see replicated in Cryptic's Star Trek Online to help recapture the tone and feel of the IP.

    Posted on 11/13/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Some Thoughts on Capturing the Essence

    MMORPG.com Star Trek Online Correspondent Troy Hammers writes this editorial discussing how Cryptic will capture the essence of Star Trek in their upcoming MMO.

    Posted on 03/16/2009 by Troy Hammers
  • Early Impressions

    MMORPG.com's new Star Trek Online Correspondent Troy Hammers writes this first look at the game, giving his impressions on what he knows and has heard so far about the upcoming MMO.

    Posted on 03/02/2009 by Troy Hammers

Previews

  • Preview, Part Three

    In the final part of his Star Trek Online preview, Dana Massey discusses key gameplay elements including the game's UI, Itemization and PvP.

    Posted on 12/30/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Preview, Part Two

    In part two of a three part preview of Star Trek Online, Dana Massey discusses key gameplay elements including the game's Skill System, Character Progression and Bridge Officers.

    Posted on 12/28/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Preview, Part One

    In part one of a two part preview of Star Trek Online, Dana Massey discusses key gameplay elements like: Missions, PvE, Aesthetics and more.

    Posted on 12/23/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Inside Beta: Missions

    MMORPG.com's Jon Wood recounts his experiences with some of Star Trek Online's missions, giving readers an example of how they function within the game.

    Posted on 12/22/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Inside Beta: A Three Hour Tour

    MMORPG.com's Chris Higgins writes this overview of his time in one of Cryptic's Star Trek Online Closed Beta play sessions, giving an overview of the first three hours of gameplay.

    Posted on 12/17/2009 by Christopher Higgins
  • Inside Beta: You Got That Star Trek Feelin'?

    MMORPG.com's Jon Wood continues our inside Star Trek Online's beta test series by answering the question of whether or not that game has managed to capture the overall feel of the IP.

    Posted on 12/15/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Inside Beta: Character Customization

    MMORPG.com has been given early access into the Star Trek Online beta, and so will be bringing you reports from inside the game. Today, we kick off our series with Dana Massey's preview of the game's character customization system.

    Posted on 12/14/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Bridges & Bridge Officers Preview

    Bridges will be in for launch. We find out in exactly what form and all about the mechanics of those who will populate them.

    Posted on 12/02/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Hands-On Preview

    MMORPG.com traveled down to Los Gatos to talk to the team and play Star Trek Online.

    Posted on 11/30/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Hands-On Preview

    Carolyn Koh had the chance recently to get her hands on a demo of Cryptic's Star Trek Online. Today, she recounts her impressions.

    Posted on 09/17/2009 by Carolyn Koh

Interviews

  • Daniel Stahl Talks Legacy of Romulus

    Today is a big for Star Trek Online with the release of the Legacy of Romulus expansion. We managed to catch up to Daniel Stahl to talk more about LoR and it's an interview you won't want to miss. Check it out before heading to the comments to weigh in on the discussion.

    Posted on 05/21/2013 by Garrett Fuller
  • Things Are Great in Roddenberry's World

    It's hard to believe but Star Trek Online is poised on the edge of its third anniversary. We managed to catch up with Executive Producer Dan Stahl to talk about STO. See what he had to say and then leave your thoughts in the comments.

    Posted on 01/31/2013 by William Murphy
  • New Romulus Expands the Story

    Star Trek Online players have been excited as the development of Season 7: New Romulus has been underway. The new season brings lots of changes to the game and expands the story to give players insight into what has happened to the Romulan home world and more. We caught up with Executive Producer Dan Stahl to talk about New Romulus. Check out what he reveals!

    Posted on 11/13/2012 by Garrett Fuller
  • F2P Interview with Dan Stahl

    The announcement that Cryptic's Star Trek Online would be going free to play, while not unexpected, came as a surprise timing-wise when it was announced a week or so ago. MMORPG.com Industry Relations Manager Garrett Fuller caught up with STO's Executive Producer Dan Stahl to talk about the future of Star Trek Online as a F2P title. Keep reading and then be sure to leave us your comments.

    Posted on 09/12/2011 by Garrett Fuller
  • First Anniversary Interview

    Star Trek Online recently celebrated its first anniversary and our own Bill Murphy had the opportunity to sit down with Executive Producer Dan Stahl from Cryptic Studios to talk about the game. The discussion covers topics as wide ranging as STO's biggest successes and player-generated content. It's a terrific interview. Check it out and then leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

    Posted on 02/22/2011 by William Murphy
  • Jack Emmert on Neverwinter & the Cryptic’s New Philosophy

    MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller had the chance to sit down with Cryptic Studios head Jack Emmert. The discussion started with questions and information about the just-announced Neverwinter, a cooperative online RPG being developed by Cryptic. Emmert is out to prove that Cryptic has a new philosophy and is more than up to the task. Read Garrett's very candid interview with Jack Emmert and see what you think.

    Posted on 08/24/2010 by Garrett Fuller
  • Talking with Executive Producer Daniel Stahl

    Star Trek Online Season 2 is well under way and new Executive Producer Daniel Stahl is receiving notice for his down-to-earth approach. MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller had the chance to sit down with Stahl to talk about Klingons, Weekly Episodes, and how players influence the game's future.

    Posted on 08/03/2010 by Garrett Fuller
  • Cryptic Studios - Bill Roper Interview

    MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller recently interviewed Cryptic's Bill roper about Star Trek Online, Champions and the future for Cryptic Studios.

    Posted on 05/04/2010 by Garrett Fuller
  • Addressing Some Complaints

    MMORPG.com's Jon Wood had a chance recently to sit down with Star Trek Online's Craig Zinkievich and Bill Roper to talk about some of the bigger complaints that players have had about the game since its launch.

    Posted on 03/22/2010 by Jon Wood
  • Launch Day Interview

    With today's launch of Star Trek Online, MMORPG.com's Jon Wood had the chance to ask a few questions of the game's development team, asking them to answer some of the questions that have been floating around and also to talk about the future of the game.

    Posted on 02/02/2010 by Jon Wood
  • Lore Interview

    MMORPG.com's Jon Wood recently spoke to STO's Christine Thompson about the lore in the upcoming game.

    Posted on 12/29/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Talking About Closed Beta

    MMORPG.com's Jon Wood recently spoke with Cryptic Star Trek Online Producer Daniel Stahl about the game's closed beta stage and its importance in the development cycle.

    Posted on 12/28/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Jack Emmert Talks Klingons

    Cryptic COO Jack Emmert gave us the scoop on what exactly this PvP-centric Klingon faction would be all about, including an exclusive reveal of the races available within that faction.

    Posted on 12/17/2009 by Dana Massey
  • Quick Beta Q&A

    With the recent announcement that Star Trek Online was starting its beta process, MMORPG.com's Garrett Fuller asked a few questions of Craig Zinkievich, the game's Executive Producer.

    Posted on 10/26/2009 by Garrett Fuller
  • Jack Emmert on STO

    MMORPG.com's Keith Cross had the opportunity recently to speak with Cryptic CCO Jack Emmert about their recently announced upcoming MMORPG, Star Trek Online.

    Posted on 08/22/2008 by Keith Cross
  • First Gameplay Trailer

    Cryptic Studios has released this new trailer for their upcoming MMORPG, Star Trek Online. The trailer, which features our first look at in-engine gameplay footage, was debuted at a recent trek convention in Las Vegas.

    Posted on 08/11/2008 by Guest Writer

Media

Dev Journals

  • Episode Missions Explained

    The Star Trek Online development team has penned this developer journal looking at Episode Missions, quest chains meant to capture the feeling of one-off episodes within the Trek universe.

    Posted on 11/04/2009 by Guest Writer
  • The Path to 2409: 2385

    Cryptic Studios continues their look into the future of the Star Trek Universe as the build up to 2409, the year that Star Trek Online will begin. Today they look at the events of 2385 and careers of several Enterprise E crew members.

    Posted on 02/26/2009 by Guest Writer

General Article

  • Legacy of Romulus Review

    Star Trek Online received the Legacy of Romulus expansion not long ago and we've been playing the new content to see how it fares. We've got our exclusive review to share today and also look forward to your thoughts in the comments. Read on!

    Posted on 06/28/2013 by George Dimmock
  • A Noob’s First Impressions

    Managing Editor Bill Murphy is finally going where lots of men (and women!) have gone before. He's taking the plunge into Star Trek Online to see for himself what the game is all about. As Bill says, "you either love it for what it is, or hate it for what it isn’t." Find out where Bill landed in his latest article for MMORPG.com. Let us know which side of the spectrum you land on in the comments.

    Posted on 10/03/2011 by William Murphy
  • The Way Back Machine - Licensed MMOs

    This week on The Way Back Machine, MMORPG.com's own writer Drew Wood takes a look back on Victor Wachter's article about the state of Licensed MMOs from December 1st, 2009.

    Posted on 02/12/2011 by Drew Wood
  • MMOs and Community

    In this week's Player Perspectives, MMORPG.com columnist, Jaime Skelton, talks about communities. "Community," opines Jaime, "is the (game industry's) innards, not its skeleton." It is the very thing that gives an MMO its life and without a community, a game is sure to fail. See what else Jaime has to say about MMOs and community in this week's Player Perspectives.

    Posted on 09/17/2010 by Jaime Skelton
  • Will You Like It? What Series Did You Like?

    In honor of the Star Trek Online NDA drop, MMORPG.com's Jon Wood put together this overview of how the fans of the different trek series might feel about Star Trek Online.

    Posted on 01/12/2010 by Jon Wood
  • Jack Emmert Reveals Details

    On Sunday, Cryptic Studios Chief Creative Officer Jack Emmert officially unveiled Star Trek Online to a Trek convention in Vegas. Fortunately for those of us not in attendance, the event was available for viewing online. During the presentation, Emmert revealed some details about the highly anticipated upcoming MMORPG.

    Posted on 08/11/2008 by Jon Wood
  • Message from Jack Emmert

    Today we learned that Cryptic Studios, the company behind the original City of Heroes and now Champions Online is the studio now behind the development of Star Trek Online. In this feature, we bring you a letter to the community from Jack Emmert as well as a promotional list that is meant to give players an idea of Cryptic's vision for the game.

    Posted on 07/28/2008 by Guest Writer

Progress Reports

  • Latest Information Recap

    MMORPG.com Star Trek Online Correspondent Troy Hammers writes this look at what's been going on recently in the world of Cryptic's crack at making an MMO from the popular IP.

    Posted on 09/14/2009 by Troy Hammers

Awards

  • 2010 Awards: Game of the Year

    The month of December has come and gone, taking 2010 with it. Some say good riddance, some look back fondly, but no matter how you slice it, that puppy’s behind us and we’re all moving forward to 2011. For the team here at MMORPG.com, we’ve just got one tiny loose thread to tie up before we officially start the new year: We have to announce the winners of the 2010 MMORPG.com Reader’s Choice Awards! Today we feature the 2010 Game of the Year.

    Posted on 01/14/2011 by Jon Wood
  • 2010 Awards: Biggest Disappointment

    The month of December has come and gone, taking 2010 with it. Some say good riddance, some look back fondly, but no matter how you slice it, that puppy’s behind us and we’re all moving forward to 2011. For the team here at MMORPG.com, we’ve just got one tiny loose thread to tie up before we officially start the new year: We have to announce the winners of the 2010 MMORPG.com Reader’s Choice Awards! Today we take a look at the Biggest Disappointment of 2010.

    Posted on 01/06/2011 by Jon Wood
  • 2010 Awards: New Game of the Year

    In today's round of voting in the 2010 Reader's Choice awards here at MMORPG.com, we invite you to check out this year's crop of new games and select your favorite, or even 'none of the above' for 2010.

    Posted on 12/03/2010 by Jon Wood

Column

  • The Best MMOs of 2013

    As we embark on an exciting new year of MMO releases, we reflect back on the year that was. Though 2013 was light on new MMOs, it was filled to the brim with games fighting for our attention. Patch after patch hit our newsreels. Games such as EVE Online and Lord of the Rings Online spun heads with their expansions. Two of the bigger new games, Final Fantasy XIV and Neverwinter, both impressed and addicted us. Today we reflect on the best. Join us as we countdown the top ten Best MMOs of 2013.

    Posted on 01/10/2014 by Christopher Coke
  • Content Stagnation in MMORPGs

    It's a common complaint among gamers that MMOs get old very quickly without frequent and -meaningful- updates. In today's Devil's Advocate, we take a look at that notion and offer a few thoughts. Read on!

    Posted on 07/18/2012 by Victor Barreiro Jr.
  • Five Truly Innovative Game Features

    In The List today, we take a look at what we believe are five truly innovative game features from five of the most popular MMOs of today, both released and unreleased. See what you think and then leave us your comments.

    Posted on 02/27/2012 by Suzie Ford
  • Be Careful What You Wish For

    Sometimes that movie or TV show you love so well is NOT the best candidate for an MMO. In today's Coyote's Howling we show you exactly what we mean when we say that. Check it out and then let us know what you're thinking in the comments.

    Posted on 01/19/2012 by Coyote Sharptongue
  • The Top 10 MMOs of 2012 - Revisited

    Back in 2009, our own Jon Wood took a look at the ten games he thought would be dominating the market in 2012. This week, we take a look at Jon's list and find out whether his predictions are on track or a bust.

    Posted on 08/15/2011 by William Murphy
  • Will Cryptic Prove a Bargain?

    In today's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the recent purchase of Cryptic Studios by Perfect World Entertainment. Surprised by the relatively 'bargain' cost for Cryptic Studios (~$35 million USD), Richard wonders how this new partnership will go. In addition, Richard has a few other tidbits he's gleaned from around the 'Net. Check out The Free Zone.

    Posted on 06/13/2011 by Richard Aihoshi
  • Cryptic's Future Unclear

    In today's Free Zone column, MMORPG.com's Richard Aihoshi takes a look at the big news out of last week, namely the placement of Cryptic Studios on the auction block by publishing giant, Atari. Richard has a few thoughts to share on the future of Cryptic Studios. Check it out!

    Posted on 05/23/2011 by Richard Aihoshi
  • The Quiz: Star Trek Online Edition

    MMORPG.com Quiz Master Drew Wood is back with this week's brain teaser. The subject of the most recent Quiz is Star Trek Online. Give it a go and then report your score in the comments.

    Posted on 04/27/2011 by Drew Wood
  • Prognostications for 2011

    It's that time of year, the time when things wind down for the preceding twelve months, the time of reflection and the time for looking ahead to the coming year. In his latest MMORPG.com column, Bill Murphy prognosticates about 2011. Check out his thoughts and then add a few of your own in the comments section below.

    Posted on 12/30/2010 by William Murphy
  • Fighting Talk: EVE vs Star Trek Online

    In his latest Fighting Talk column, MMORPG.com's battle master, Adam Tingle, places CCP Games' EVE Online and Cryptic's Star Trek Online in the ring for a battle royale. Adam compares each game's universe, player characters, community, end game and PvP features. Will one of these space-themed MMOs score a knockout? Read Adam Tingle's EVE vs Star Trek Online to find out!

    Posted on 10/15/2010 by Adam Tingle
  • Who's Next for F2P?

    MMORPG.com's Bill Murphy has a few ideas for the games he believes might go free to play in The List this week. Some of the games may surprise you to find on The List, others not so much. Either way, the trend for so-called premium games going free to play is now established with DDO, LOTRO, EQ II and PotBS all going that route in the last several months. See if you agree with Bill's assessment of which games might (or should) go free to play. Let us know what you think!

    Posted on 09/21/2010 by William Murphy
  • STO - The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

    MMORPG.com columnist Scott Jennings has been playing Cryptic's Star Trek Online and today uses his article to talk about the game, pointing out the good, the bad and the ugly.

    Posted on 02/10/2010 by Scott Jennings
  • Why I'll Play Star Trek Online

    MMORPG.com Columnist Scott Jennings lays out the reasons, both good and bad, that he'll be picking up Cryptic's Star Trek Online.

    Posted on 01/20/2010 by Scott Jennings
  • Space, The Final Farce Here?

    The lead up to Star Trek Online's Beta has been rife with controversy. This week, Jaime Skelton dives into exactly what happened.

    Posted on 11/27/2009 by Jaime Skelton
  • Bridges, Cash for Players and CoDO

    This week, MMORPG.com's Jon Wood uses his column to comment on three news stories this week. First, Cryptic's addition of bridges to Star Trek Online, then on to a possible Call of Duty MMO and Aventurine's Community Publishing Program.

    Posted on 11/19/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Sellin' Betas and Pimpin' Box Sales

    MMORPG.com's Jon Wood returns to his column today to talk about two questionable marketing techniques that he feels stand out as mistakes in the current MMO landscape.

    Posted on 11/12/2009 by Jon Wood
  • Top 10 Games of 2012

    Jon breaks out his crystal ball and peers three years down the road. Which 10 games will dominate the market then?

    Posted on 08/11/2009 by Jon Wood

System Focus

  • Bridge Crews

    MMORPG.com's Carolyn Koh reports from a recent IRC chat about bride crews in Cryptic's upcoming Star Trek Online MMO

    Posted on 07/02/2009 by Carolyn Koh

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