Perfect World Entertainment, now-owners of Cryptic Studios Star Trek Online, have announced that the game will be going free to play later this year. Additionally, they have announced it will be available entirely online, with no retail store purchase required for installation. Most importantly, the game will honor the lifetime subscribers by giving them perpetual premium accounts, which boast a number of features over free ones.
“In addition to seeking out new life and exploring strange new civilizations, part of our continuing mission for Star Trek Online is to expand and improve,” said Jack Emmert, CEO, Cryptic Studios. “Transitioning to a free-to-play model is a natural way to share all we’ve built with a broader community of players and we couldn’t be more excited.”
Checkout the account feature matrix at the game’s free to play info site.