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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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  • Hellbound
    I'm looking forward to this game.. Hope it doesn't suck.
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  • Honis
    Hope the name helps make it a mainstream MMO. I also hope it doesn't suck.
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  • JohnnyLucky
    Somebody beam me up!
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  • fonzy
    ST online looks good ,I'm looking forward to ST excalibur a little more for one it's free and it looks better,I don't know how the Multiplayer will work out though.
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  • hellswaters
    Its 'The Next Generation' not 'New Generation.' Hope this game turns out good. From whats being said, looks like it might be half decent though.
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  • anamaniac
    Star Trek is my religion(except Deep Space 9, that sucked balls).
    Hell, my 70 something trekky grandma would probably try this game...
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  • Onyx2291
    Cool. Too bad I never got into any of this. I did sign up for the Star War Old Republic one for beta test. I need something to get me out of WoW.
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  • JeanLuc
    anamaniacStar Trek is my religion(except Deep Space 9, that sucked balls).Hell, my 70 something trekky grandma would probably try this game...
    DS9 was a great series (apart from season 1 and most of season 2)!

    I must say I'm looking forward to this game and I'm not an MMO fan but I do want to give this spin.
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  • I definitely agree with you anamaniac 1. DS9 was full of pretentious, dull characters (the only good ones being imported from TNG!), a static, fatalistic setting (wich Roddenberry himself had rejected), idiotic Star Wars-copied battles (limited to close-quarter sublight atmospheric style combat with huge starships exploding in one shots like tie fighters) and worse of all, an anti-Star Trek vision of the future (a criminal Captain, an immoral Starfleet division and war as the answer to problems).
    Alas, it is canon now...
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  • jellico
    JeanLucDS9 was a great series (apart from season 1 and most of season 2)! I must say I'm looking forward to this game and I'm not an MMO fan but I do want to give this spin.Yeah, seasons 1 and 2 were weak. Once they got into the whole Founder plotline, it started getting interesting. Then, when the Dominion war started, it got really good. There were a couple of episodes where you had these absolutely huge battles where fleets of Federation/Klingon/Romulan ships engaged fleets of Dominion/Cardassian ships. It was very cool!

    Anyway, yes I am also looking forward to this game and hope they do a good job with it.
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