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Star Trek Online Goes Open Beta in January

Cryptic Studios announced earlier today that the upcoming MMORPG Star Trek Online will go open beta in January. The preview will stretch over a two-week period kicking off on January 12, 2010, and ending January 26, 2010. The company also said that it will be a first come first serve basis, although there was no indication of how many applicants will be accepted overall.

"We are excited to announce the dates for the open beta phase as this is one of the final steps in launching Star Trek Online to the public," 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."

To obtain a beta key, players simply head over to the official website and register. Unfortunately, Cryptic wasn't clear on exactly how fans are supposed to acquire a key. However, by clicking on the closed beta application button, the preview application page appears for submitting. This may be where the open beta key comes into play, however without Cryptic's verification, that's just a guess.

Star Trek Online takes place thirty years after the last New Generation movies, Star Trek Nemesis--it also takes place after the five next-generation comic books that lead into the recent Star Trek (2009) movie using an alternate timeline. Based on the graphical timeline proposed on the website, Romulus is destroyed, and life went on without Nero and Spock in 2409.

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