File this one under "Stuff we Missed from Last Week": Thanks to the keen eye of reader The First Avenger, we've learned that Perfect World Entertainment
plans to turn Star Trek Online
free-to-play by the end of this year.
"And also Star Trek Online
, after the acquisition, in fact Cryptic is working on the free-to-play model for Star Trek Online
," Perfect World Entertainment's CEO, Kelvin Lau, said in a recent earnings call
for Q2 2011. "This is going to be launched by the end of this year as well. So I think free-to-play model we have a bigger potential in US market and also in China market."
This news should be no surprise to anyone who knows that PWE's portfolio consists of F2P games, and it was inevitable that STO
would follow in the footsteps of its older brother, Champions Online
. We'll keep you posted on more details as they become available.