Atari is showing the love to people who pre-order Star Trek Online
. Everyone who commits to buying early will get into the beta this January, and also get an early start on the game. The stats you rack up in the beta won't carry over to the main game, but if you start early, you'll get a leg up on the other aspiring Starfleet officers and Klingon warriors. And those are just the basic perks--there's a whole list of retailer-specific bonuses. I won't summarize them all here, check the break for that, but a few caught my eye.
Best Buy customers get a choice of two in-game pets. Klingon players get the venerable Targ (Worf had one as a kid), but Federation captains get a Tribble. Cute, but won't they multiply like crazy and devour your ship's consumables? If Cryptic keeps Tribble behavior accurate to the TV show, they won't stay exclusive for long--players will be so overrun with the fuzzballs they'll be giving them away, or beaming them onto the bridges of Klingon ships.
People who shop at Gamestop will have access to the one and only USS Enterprise from the original series. That's really cool and all, but this game takes place in 2409, almost 200 years after Kirk commanded that ship. Wasn't it destroyed in orbit around the Genesis planet in Star Trek 3? Even if it was still around, Starfleet must have done a massive overhaul and refit to the old Constitution class NCC-1701, for it to be in the same league as Picard's Galaxy class Enterprise, a Romulan d'deridex, or *shudder* a Borg cube.
The other bonuses aren't as flashy as those two, but offer some cool advantages. I'm counting the days until February 2nd.
ADVANCED RETAIL PROGRAMS ANNOUNCED FOR STAR TREK ONLINE
December 7, 2009 - New York, NY – Atari, Inc., one of the world’s most recognized videogame publishers, and acclaimed MMO developers Cryptic Studios™, are pleased to announce several pre-order programs for the highly anticipated Star Trek Online for PC. Based on the world renowned sci-fi series, Star Trek Online gives gamers and fans of the fiction a chance to boldly explore the Star Trek universe for the first time on a truly massive scale. Star Trek Online is available at retailers in North America on February 2, 2010.
All Star Trek Online pre-orders receive guaranteed access to the Star Trek Online Open Beta test from January 12th to January 26th, 2010. In addition, Star Trek Online also offers an exclusive Early Start Program with pre-orders at all participating retailers that runs January 29, 2010 through launch on February 2. The Early Start Program allows players to get a leg up on other interstellar explorers and access the Star Trek universe the weekend prior to the game’s launch. Unlike beta play, all in-game progress made during the Early Start Program will carry over to the live adventure.
All customers who pre-order Star Trek Online receive access to the Open Beta and Early Start Program. Details on exclusive pre-order content for Star Trek Online include:
GameStop customers receive the ability to command the exclusive and always classic USS Enterprise from Star Trek The Original Series.
Best Buy is offering their customers a fun in-game pet. As a Federation Captain, players own a famed Tribble of Star Trek lore that will accompany them on their travels into the final frontier. As a Klingon commander, players control the boar-like Targ, a beast found on the Klingon home world of Qo’noS.
Amazon is offering an exclusive “Liberated Borg” Bridge Officer. This bridge officer, who comes with unique nanotechnology augmentations, assists in missions and gains experience as the player does.
With the Wal-Mart Bonus Skill Points package, receive addition skill points that enable players to improve their characters quickly.
Target customers who pre-order Star Trek Online receive a unique ground weapon – a TR-116. This rare projectile weapon is used in dampening fields and other challenging environments; it is also modified with a micro-transporter which beams the fired projectiles to targets at close range so that a user can fire without a direct line of site.
Direct2Drive customers receive an exclusive Multi-Spatial Personal Shield. This advanced personal shield system is based on Borg technology, which constantly regenerates itself and the health of its wearer.
STEAM is offering customers Chromodynamic Armor. This armor is based on technology brought back from the Delta Quadrant by U.S.S. Voyager improves the damage and critical hits of energy weapons.
In Star Trek Online, players will visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, travel to unexplored star systems, and contact new alien species. Every moment spent playing Star Trek Online will feel like a new Star Trek episode in which you are the hero. Immerse yourself in the future of the Trek universe as it moves into the 25th century: a time of shifting alliances and new discoveries. As the Captain of your very own ship, it's up to you to lead your crew on missions that span the galaxy.
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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:
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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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 on Cryptic Studios, please visit the official website at: www.crypticstudios.com.