Star Trek Online is discontinuing monthly subscription purchases

    
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Bye.
There’s a business model shift taking place for Star Trek Online, although you could argue it’s a somewhat lateral shift. The game will no longer be offering monthly subscriptions from its website, replacing them with a “starter pack” that allows you to permanently unlock most of the same perpetual benefits for a one-time fee. Lifetime subscriptions will remain as they always have and will offer the same benefits as always, while veteran rewards will still be available to those who have earned them.

Players with an existing subscription will also retain the subscription and won’t need to do anything extra to keep it; it can still be cancelled at any time, although presumably that will prevent you from re-subscribing. There will also be no more subscriber locks on test server access. So it just means no new subscribers to the game, just everyone playing free. Or, you know, the same price as always.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Jake for the tip!
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ultorius
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ultorius

great changes to the philosophy of cryptic, i dont play sto but i play neverwinter and i see the same attidute. Now its much easier for new players to start earning alot of ingame curency and we actualy have some slots open in our bags.No more 70 diferent kinds of the same enchanting stone with the sole purpose of making you buy bags.Thumbs up from me.

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Peregrine Falcon

Sounds like a way to screw over their lifetime subscribers.

JonBuck
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JonBuck

Well, the lifetime sub and benefits aren’t going anywhere. So I don’t see where you’re getting that.

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Peregrine Falcon

Not yet. Well, maybe I’m wrong. Time will tell.

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StonerMk2

Lol screw LTS people how?

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Mike Swaim

There are still a number of subscriber benefits, like certain ships or PC races. If you’re not a subscriber now, then the only way to get access to them is through LTS. (Plus the stipends aren’t going away.)

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Roger Melly

This seems logical .

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Mattaui

This seems like an even better deal than you got with the sub, when you consider that you’re getting the initial unlock of a character slot, shared bank slots, 5 retrain tokens and then the currency uncap, along with 30 inventory slots, 60 bank slots and 2 bridge officer slots on every character on the account, permanently. I’m glad to see it!

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Permastun

I really hope this isn’t a sign that the game is shutting down or going into maintenance mode. It’s not what I wanted from a Star Trek MMO but I don’t see anyone else interested in doing one.

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Green Dragoon

It’s not. They’re just making official what everyone was doing anyway: subbing for one month for the account unlocks and then canceling. It’s no coincidence that the new pack is exactly the same price as a single month of subscription.

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mysecretid

Exactly this. Thanks!

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Frank White

There’s a new expansion due out next month, so no, doesn’t look like they’re planning on going into maintenance mode any time soon. ;)

CapnLan
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CapnLan

Makes sense. The monthly sub was hardly worth it. The most common advice was to grab the sub for 1 month and then drop it. Save the 500z from the stipend to buy the EC cap increase when the sub ran out and then just play F2P. Sub was $15 and this pack is also $15 so this is really just cutting out the hassle of subbing and then unsubbing. Pick up the pack for the same price and be done with it.

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JonBuck

That new pack, with the account-wide inventory and bank space unlocks, is a huge, huge value to altiholics like me. Considering a dozen inventory spaces per character is $4, bank $3, and each account bank $10. I have a dozen characters and buying it was a no-brainer.

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Skoryy

Take it away, Spock:

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semugh
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semugh

it really is.

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