Star Trek Online, often abbreviated as STO, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Cryptic Studios based on the popular Star Trek series created by Gene Roddenberry. Star Trek was initially released February 2nd 2010 and was developed by Perpetual Entertainment and Cryptic Studios as well as being published by Atari, Perfect World Entertainment, Atari Games and Perfect World.
Star Trek (STO) is available on Mac OSX, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. At launch, the game required a game purchase and a recurring monthly fee. On January 17, 2012, it re-launched with a tier of free-to-play access available, due to all the negative feedback about the subscription. After a public beta testing period, a completed version of the game was released for the Apple Macintosh platform in March 2014. The game can be downloaded for Windows from the Perfect World Entertainment platform Arc Games or from Steam, or from Perfect World Entertainment as a standalone launcher for Mac. As of January 30, 2014, the game had 3.2 million players.
Each player has their own ship, players are capable of playing as a starship, controlling the ship’s engineering, tactical, and science systems by keyboard/mouse or using an on-screen console. Players can also “beam down” and move around as a player character in various settings with access to weapons and specific support and combat skills relating to their own characters’ classes.
The two combat systems are intertwined throughout the game: away-team missions feature fast-paced “run-and-gun” combat, while space combat stresses the long-term tactical aspect of combat.