Star Trek Online Going Free To Play (What do you get?)

Star Trek Online

When Star Trek Online came out I was among the first to give it a try.  I wanted to like it, I really did but the excessive greed displayed by Cryptic was quick to turn me off from the game (price for the game + monthly fee + item mall). Now that ST:O is going free to play I’ll be willing to give it another chance.  Luckily, if you’ve played and enjoyed the game you’ll still get to experience most of what you enjoyed completely free.

For $14.95 a month gold members will still have every feature available prior to free to play along with any new content.  However, with the silver (free) account you’ll be limited by the following:

  • Guild Creation will be unavailable
  • Energy Credit Storage Limit
  • Additional bridge officer slots are only available through an add-on purchase
  • Only 2 character slots
  • Player/Bank inventory set at a maximum of 48
  • Captain retraining token only available by purchase
  • Foundry creator access and project slots are locked
  • Veteran awards and priority login is disabled
  • In game chat and mail is limited along with customer service
  • Voice chat is ad-support
  • Gold members receive a stipend of 400 promo points, silver members do not

Overall silver membership doesn’t seem to greatly restrict gameplay but it remains to be seen if items from the c-store will greatly tip the balance in the gold members / paying players favor.

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