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Star Trek Online to go free-to-play

Cryptic's new owners try a new strategy

Star Trek Online has become the latest MMO to confirm that it is switching from subscription to free-to-play.

Cryptic, the developer behind Star Trek Online, was recently bought from Atari by Perfect World and their CFO Kevin Lau made the announcement in their latest financial earnings report to investors.

Lau said: "Cryptic is working on the free-to-play model for Star Trek Online. This is going to be launched by the end of this year."

He added: "I think free-to-play model [has] a bigger potential in US market and also in China market."

Cryptic are hoping that the Star Trek Online can emulate the success of Age of Conan after it saw a massive spike in registered users due after going free-to-play.

Thanks GamesIndustry.biz and Rock, Paper, Shotgun.

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