If you're among the legions of Trekkies, then you are almost certainly aware of Cryptic Studios' Star Trek Online
. Since early 2010, players have boldly gone where no one has gone before in this MMO that blends spaceship battles, ground combat, and faithful tie-ins to the long-running franchise. Star Trek Online
appears to be thriving following a free-to-play adaptation and two expansions, and some see it as the only official continuation of the TV series right now.
But what players encounter in Star Trek Online
is not what it originally started out as. You may or may not know that STO
began development under Perpetual Entertainment
, which handled the game for several years until it went bankrupt and passed the license and art assets to Cryptic.
It's another tantalizing historical "what if?" scenario to think about what this game would look like if Perpetual had taken it to launch and beyond. But what did this version of Star Trek Online
look like? Let's investigate.