Star Trek Online Going Free-to-Play in January 2012

Star Trek Online will be going free-to-play on January 17, 2012, Perfect World Entertainment has announced.

Perfect World Entertainment first announced the change-over to the free-to-play model in an earnings call, stating the studio was in the process on working on the new model.

The January launch is slightly later than initially stated by CEO Kelvin Lau who said the change would happen by the end of the year.

MMO to have greater potential as F2P, says CEO.

Perfect World Entertainment has announced plans to turn Star Trek Online into a free-to-play MMO by the end of the 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 explained in a recent earnings call.

“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.”

Star Trek Online’s developer Cryptic Studios recently teamed up with Alienware Arena to offer a giveaway of 60 days of game time to recipients. <—- link for more

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