With Star Trek Online
's release date approaching at warp factor 9.5 it's about time they announced the subscription pricing. There really aren't any surprises here and the system conforms to the industry standard established by Everquest and World of Warcraft: $15 monthly and a slight discount at $120 for a 12 month subscription.
If you purchase the lifetime subscription before the game launches on February second, it will cost you $240, which is $60 off the standard lifetime price of $300. You also get to play as a captain who's been rescued from the Borg collective--no guarantee that you'll look as good as 7 of 9 in a skintight bodysuit.
After February 2nd a lifetime subscription will always run you $300 so if you were looking to buy one anyway it's a good idea to do it early and save some cash. Personally, I'm still a bit curmudgeonly about this whole MMO subscription thing, especially with a lifetime subscription costing as much as most consoles these days.
STAR TREK™ ONLINE PRE-RELEASE PROMOTIONS AND SUBSCRIPTION PRICING
Pre-Launch Promotions Provide Exclusive Opportunities for Fans and Gamers to Explore Star Trek's Vast Universe through Lifetime and 12-month Purchases
New York, NY (January 15, 2010) – Atari, Inc., one of the world's most recognized videogame publishers, and acclaimed MMO developer Cryptic Studios™, announced today pre-launch promotions and subscription pricing for the highly anticipated PC MMORPG, Star Trek Online. Beginning today, and for a limited time only, fans and gamers can purchase special Lifetime and 12-month memberships of Star Trek Online. These limited time promotional offers expire on February 2, 2010, when Star Trek Online launches in North America.
The Lifetime membership promotion, available for $239.99, provides unlimited access to Star Trek Online for the life of the product, offers players two extra character slots, and gives gamers a playable Starfleet captain who's been reclaimed from the Borg. After February 2, 2010, this offer expires and reverts to the standard lifetime pricing of $299.99. The 12-month membership, available for $119.99, grants users unlimited access to Star Trek Online for 12 full months and also includes two extra character slots. The 12-month membership offer will no longer be available after February 2, 2010. These limited time promotional offers includes subscription time and added value items, separate game purchase is required.
The standard monthly subscription rate for Star Trek Online is $14.99 per month. A variety of billing options can be found on the official Star Trek Online website and 60-day Game Time Cards can be found at select retailers nationwide. 30-day free trials are offered with every retail purchase.
For more details about Star Trek Online's launch promotions, recurring subscription plans and billing options, please visit the official website at: http://www.startrekonline.com/subscribe
"This subscription pricing and launch promotion announcement is one of the last steps we take before officially releasing Star Trek Online," said Craig Zinkievich, Executive Producer on Star Trek Online. "We are absolutely thrilled to reveal these final details and we are incredibly excited about launching Star Trek Online this February. For us, this marks the beginning of our game's life -- a life of new adventures, discoveries, and dangers. Truly, ours is a universe that will never stop expanding and we simply cannot wait for people to experience it with us."
Taking place in the year 2409, Star Trek Online boasts extraordinary features and lets fans both new and old experience unparalleled adventures. Players have the opportunity to become a high ranking Starfleet officer and participate in missions that take them into the depths of space, across exotic planets and even inside other starships. Star Trek Online offers total customization, from a player's avatar to the ship he captains.
Star Trek Online is a licensed product from CBS Consumer Products. For more information, please visit: www.startrekonline.com and www.atari.com