Star Trek Online is, as the name already implies, a science fiction Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game set in the Star Trek universe. It has been developed by Cryptic Studios [This Californian company has also developed City of Heroes. ] , was published in 2010, and is recommended for players from the age of 12 years upwards. Since January 2012 the game has been free-to-play, which means players don't have to pay for game time. There are, however, payments for special items and content if the player wishes to have them.
The Star Trek universe of the game is set in the 25th Century, in an alternative reality to the Star Trek of the films, TV series and books. Events taking place in the game do not also take place in the the 'real' Star Trek universe. The Klingons are again enemies of the Federation and players can choose to play either on the Klingon or Federation side. There are also many other well-known Star Trek races that appear in the game. The bad guys this time are: the Romulans (whose homeworld Romulus has been destroyed by a supernova), the Breen, and the Cardassians. The Dominion also makeContinued page 2/19