Star Trek Online claims 5.2M players over its lifespan

    
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If you haven’t noticed, this month marks Star Trek Online’s eight-year anniversary. There have been plenty of giveaways and events going on in the game itself, but Cryptic hopes that you will pay attention to the larger picture as well.

The studio put out an infographic yesterday that shared some of the cumulative achievements of the title. Over the course of its eight years, Star Trek Online has racked up 5.2 million players, 161 episodes, and 502 playable ships.

Right now, 62% of the population of the game is on the PC, with 19% residing each in PlayStation and Xbox territory. One interesting fact is that Cryptic has brought in 22 of the TV series actors to reprise their roles for the MMO over the years.

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vgees

One of the things I always loved about Star Trek Online was that the missions felt like playing episodes of Star Trek. So at 161 episodes they are in good company with the other Star Trek series!

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Melissa McDonald

I knew console players were going to love this. It’s always seemed like more of a solo game anyway. And it’s 40% of their player base now, so, … yup.

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Darkthunder

“5.2 million total players”

Yeah, but how many of them are actually ACTIVELY PLAYING? While Steamcharts is hardly an accurate picture, there were only 2400 people playing, 30 minutes ago.

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JonBuck

I do use Steam to play, but I think more players use ARC or the standalone launcher.

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Castagere Shaikura

Why is this even news. The game is the biggest for whales mmo on the market. PWE has turned STO into crap.

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Hope

STO spent more than a year in semi-maintenance mode after a disastrous launch prior to PWE’s buyout of Cryptic. There are plenty of bad things to say about PWE, but they pretty much saved STO.

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JonBuck

The first bit of voice acting in the game was in the Depths of Drozana mission, released just before Halloween.

Bonnie-kin, Bonnie-kin
All dressed in red
Bonnie-kin, Bonnie-kin
Soon you’ll be…dead!

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connor_jones

I actually re-did this one recently and was pleasantly surprised how well it holds up. A great atmospheric Halloween-ish quest that would have been right at home in Secret World.

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Armsman

Nope – actually it was “Holo-Leta” (and Chase Masterson) when they added the Dabo mini-game to Quarks Bar on DS9.

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mysecretid

I think that number is just me, logging in to play 5.2 million times. I’m such a Trek nerd. Sorry, Not Sorry. :-D

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connor_jones

You’re making me feel guilty. ;-) I really should login to STO and give some love to my alts during the anniversary event, but I’ve been busy catching up on the Living Story Seasons in GW2 that I somehow missed the past couple years.

STO has indeed been using the voice actors to great effect; they add a lot of personality to the story missions. I especially enjoyed the Voyager gang in Delta Rising and even ended up liking Neelix. lol Surprised they never got Jeff Combs to do Shran in an Andorian-centric story, seems a no-brainer. They do kind of seem to be maybe overusing Kipleigh Brown the past couple of years , though I’m assuming her Lukari story arc will be concluding soon to make way for ‘Victory is Life’. Also, I think it’s true what someone wrote about how STO has been the de facto home of the Trek IP for years now, by virtue of all the Trek actors they’ve used.

It bears repeating what someone wrote here a week or two ago about how the Legacy of Romulus expansion is a moderately underrated mmo success story. In my opinion it may very well have been to the game what Wrath of Khan was to the IP, that is, bringing it back from the brink of extinction. In any case for me at least LoR was definitely one of the more memorable mmo expansions.

Slightly off topic. I finally got around to watching Prelude to Axanar and thought it was stunning! Classic Trek at its best, and makes me think about what might have been. Sighs.

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Gene Elder

I went back recently to see what has changed, and none of my old characters, which i had spent time on, were gone. And the game itself looked like shite. I was really angry about losing my old characters.

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mysecretid

I can only guess that you were gone for a very long time? Since before Perfect World took over publishing the game?

Characters and ships are attached to accounts, so there’s no real way to lose them (i.e. names don’t have to be unique in STO, so characters which haven’t been played in a long time don’t get “cleared out” as a rule).

That said, when Activision dropped publishing the game, and Perfect World picked it up, there was a six-month (?) period where players had to move their accounts from the old website to the Perfect World website, or they would be lost (the old website was being shut down).

E-mails were sent out to players a number of times about this, so maybe your spam-catcher ate these, if you didn’t see them — or maybe you switched e-mail addresses somewhere in that time?

It’s also possible that somebody hacked and hijacked your account and stripped it bare. As I’m sure you know, hacker assholes like to target accounts that haven’t been used in a long time (how they tell, I don’t know).

In any case, if you can still remember your original log-in information, character names, and any of that, your best bet is to contact Perfect World Customer Service and see if they can help you out.

Last time I dealt with custserv, they were slow, but they should eventually get back to you. If the first response is a form e-mail, keep at it. Specifically ask to communicate with an actual human.

Hope they can help you,

Good luck!