Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment are set to bring Star Trek Online to home consoles this fall. That's right, if you have an Xbox One or PS4 you'll be able to boldly go where no one has gone before... except for PC gamers.
Gamespot spotted the new trailer that was put up to announce that Star Trek Online would be arriving for home consoles in the third quarter of 2016. The game will bring more than 130 missions to PS4 and Xbox One, along with voice-overs from some of the stars from the series, such as Jeri Ryan's Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager and Michael Dorn's Worf from Star Trek: The New Generation.
Fans are excited about having an opportunity to play the 2010 MMORPG on home consoles. For one thing, they don't have to worry about hardware limitations like they did with the Xbox 360 or PS3, and they also don't have to worry about strange publishing restrictions that kept a lot of free-to-play titles far and away from the Xbox 360.
According to Cryptic they've made a number of changes to Star Trek Online over the years to increase the gameplay and the visual output. It now looks better and plays better than when it first launched. The announcement trailer above actually doesn't look half bad, and the space battles are fairly impressive looking, especially given how many players are on the screen at once. It almost reminds me of the massive battles that take place in EVE Online.
While the trailer only shows the Starfleet Federation, there's actual multiple races and factions to join in the game, including the Klingons and Romulans. Each faction has their own weapon types and even ships, many of which make fans giddy with excitement.
The latest expansion pack to be released for Star Trek Online was called Delta Rising, and it will also be arriving on the Xbox One and PS4. The expansion sees players taking on missions centered around the Star Trek: Voyager crew, including The Doctor, Seven of Nine, Harry Kim, Tuvok and Neelix.
Now one thing that a lot of players might be worried about is how well an MMO geared toward PC gamers will play on home consoles. Typically you need specialized macro keyboards to make the most out of a standard MMO, so how will gamers be able to make due with a simple controller? Well, Cryptic have specifically overhauled the game's UI and control scheme, so everything you need to do can be done with the press of a button.
With the addition of a streamlined HUD, new lighting effects with HDR, real-time dynamic shadow effects and physically based rendering, it's almost like a whole new game for console gamers to experience.
You can look for Star Trek Online to go live this fall for PS4 and Xbox One. If you already have a capable enough PC, you can enjoy the game right now as a free-to-play title.