Star Trek Online closed beta open, boldy go where only the internal devs have gone before

by: Chuck -
Atari announced today that the closed beta for Star Trek Online has begun meaning that thousands of red shirted NPC's are now being marched to their deaths.  Players who want to join Star Fleet can still sign up for the beta and get a chance to live out their Kirk/Picard slash fiction with thousands of other players.
STAR TREK ONLINE CLOSED BETA TEST BEGINS OCTOBER 22



Los Gatos, CA (October 22, 2009) – Atari, one of the world's most recognized videogame publishers, and Cryptic Studios, developers of Champions Online and Star Trek Online, announced today that Star Trek Online will enter its Closed Beta phase on October 22, 2009. The public will finally be able to log into Star Trek Online and go where no one has gone before.



"We’re pleased to begin sharing our addition to Star Trek’s legendary story with the public," said Craig Zinkievich, Executive Producer of Star Trek Online. "We know fans of Star Trek, and fans of MMOs, will be incredibly impressed by what they see when they play Star Trek Online.”



Star Trek Online boasts a combination of space and ground gameplay and for the first time ever, bringing to the table Cryptic’s penchant for unrivaled customization, players will be able to truly become a captain by designing a unique character and heavily customizing their own ships. In addition, gamers will be able to create their own unique alien races, outfit and captain a succession of ships throughout their careers, lead their own away teams in planetary exploration, and battle Klingons, Romulans, Cardassians and more.



Star Trek fans will soon be able to join Starfleet, defend the Federation and promote peace within the war torn Alpha Quadrant. Closed beta is a particularly exciting time during the development of a game; the Cryptic team of developers is looking forward to getting user feedback.



To sign up and participate in the Star Trek Online Closed Beta, please visit:

http://www.startrekonline.com/preview_application



ABOUT STAR TREK ONLINE

Star Trek Online is being developed by Cryptic Studios, creators of the critically-acclaimed Champions Online. It's built on the Cryptic Engine, a core technology that means the designers can focus less on a game's nuts and bolts and more on creating a game that captures Star Trek's essence, guaranteeing that both longtime fans of Star Trek and people new to the universe will feel at home. For more information, please visit:

www.startrekonline.com



ABOUT CRYPTIC STUDIOS

Based in Los Gatos, CA, Cryptic Studios is a leading developer of massively multiplayer online games committed to delivering the next level of MMO gameplay. Cryptic develops AAA titles for PC and consoles, including Star Trek Online and Champions Online. For more information about Cryptic Studios, please visit the official website at:

www.crypticstudios.com



ABOUT ATARI, SA

Atari group is a global creator, producer and publisher of interactive entertainment for interactive game platforms that include PC, online, consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony and advanced smart phones (i.e. iPhone). Divisions of Atari, SA include Cryptic Studios, Atari London Studio, Eden Studios, Atari Interactive, Inc. and Atari, Inc.



Atari benefits from its global brand and an extensive catalogue of popular games based on classic owned game franchises (Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Lunar Lander), original owned franchises (Test Drive, Backyard Sports, Deer Hunter), MMO games from Cryptic Studios (Star Trek Online, Champions Online) and third party franchises (Ghostbusters, Project Runway, Dungeons and Dragons).



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