Star Trek Online, the award-winning free-to-play MMORPG, is now live on Mac. Players can choose their destiny and play as Federation, Klingon, or Romulan factions. Explore the galaxy, captain a starship, and engage in epic space and ground battles.
“Star Trek fans have been asking for Star Trek Online on Mac since we launched in 2010. Thanks to the tremendous success we’ve had with the game, we’re excited to be expanding the galaxy again.” said Cryptic Studios CTO & Executive Producer, Stephen D’Angelo, in a statement. “We know there’s a large gaming community that thrives on Mac and we’re thrilled to finally be able to let them experience Star Trek Online. It simply looks amazing on Mac widescreens.”
“Perfect World has created Star Trek Online to be the ultimate sci-fi MMORPG, providing players with a rich and vibrant world true to the Star Trek franchise and we are thrilled to have it join the catalog of AAA games our technology has brought to Mac gamers globally,” said Vikas Gupta, CEO & President of TransGaming, in a statement. “The richness and depth of the game are a direct result of the sophistication of the underlying code base and engine by Cryptic Studios, as well as the incredible amount of time that was invested in development. By utilizing TransGaming’s Cider technology to enable Star Trek Online, Perfect World has very effectively leveraged their investment to transcend platform boundaries and monetize the game on Mac without the need for any redevelopment.”
Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship. Or they can become a Klingon Warlord and expand the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy. With its latest expansion, Legacy of Romulus, players can work to rebuild the Romulan legacy as a member of the Romulan Republic. In Star Trek Online players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species.
To download and play Star Trek Online today for free, and for more information about the Mac client, please visit the official website at: www.startrekonline.com.
Source: Perfect World Entertainment Inc., Cryptic Studios, and TransGaming Inc.
“We’re excited to be expanding the galaxy” to include Mac users “without the need for any redevelopment.”
A quick check of Wikipedia shows the Window version was released on February 2, 2010. 4+ years to create a Cider-wrapped version?
Doesn’t seem like they were all that excited to bring it to Mac users.
I’m sure their excitement is for the chance of making money off of us through in-game purchases.
STO has been through a lot. A mac version was on their list, but not until the game proved itself on PCs. Instead, it stumbled quite a bit, went FTP, and I’m assuming now has a viable business model going that could benefit from additional mac customers. So I’m guessing it was just a matter of priorities.
I am glad to see more gaming coming to the Mac.
Had been playing the Mac beta for some time. It’s fine for a wrapper version. Had a some visual issues and random crashes, but they seem to have cleared up. The only real gripe with the game is the initial loading times, but that could also be my older Mac Pro’s hard drive.
Gameplay: The starship combat is entertaining after gaining a few ranks. The ground combat is OK. It Game has a decent set of single player campaign missions which make you feel like you’re part of a Star Trek episode, both in past (TOS Trek) and later iterations of the franchise. If you’re a fan of the franchise and a Mac user, check it out.
Mac users are living in the best of times for Mac gaming ever. Between the selection on Steam, the Mac App Store, and various other outlets.