Talk about whiplash! Ever since last week's announcement of Champions Online's
move to a hybrid free-to-play model
, all eyes have turned to Cryptic's other MMO, Star Trek Online
, as a possible candidate for this treatment. While STO's Dan Stahl
said that Champions'
move had "no direct impact
" on Star Trek's
business model, the outspoken Jack Emmert
seems more open to the possibility.
In an interview with Eurogamer
earlier today, Emmert addressed the issue head-on and allowed for a future where F2P STO
happened. For now, the company is going to wait and see how Champions
fares before making any decisions about STO's
future: "We're not sold one way or the other with
Star Trek yet. If people want
Star Trek to go free-to-play then get in and play
Champions and help make it a great success, because that would send a strong message. If we did Turbine's level of success that would certainly merit the discussion!"
However, Jack Emmert says the decision isn't his alone and refused to commit one way or the other. He does hint at a fourth project that Cryptic is working on, one which is not fantasy-based and is "close to my heart."
For speculation on what a free-to-play Star Trek Online
might look like, make sure you read Ryan's column
on the subject.