Star Trek Online improves its lifetime subscription package

    
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If you already have a lifetime sub to Star Trek Online — or perhaps were contemplating picking one up in the future — then it’s a good week for you: Cryptic announced that it has made the subscription deal even better by including Jem’Hadar veteran rewards.

Flagged accounts will be eligable to receive a bevy of Jem’Hadar veteran uniforms as well as a Tier 6 Heavy Destroyer that comes with a pair of raider wingmen, a prototype console that lets your ship toggle between regenerative and tactical modes, and a weapon system synergy trait. All of these rewards are unlocked once a player goes through the Jem’Hadar tutorial.

The timing of this announcement is shrewd, as Cryptic is preparing to roll out another lifetime subscription sale tomorrow. The Jem’Hadar veteran rewards will stay part of the overall lifetime sub package past the sale, FYI.

Source: Star Trek Online. Thanks, Panagiotis!

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Crowe

LOL, I already got those with points a year or two back. But after they ditched the Foundry, I uninstalled for good so that’s all moot anyway.

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rotrap

I don’t think you have reported that this all also ties in with a gamma recruit rerun.

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MikeInTheLab

Checks computer.
Game still installed?
Hits update button.
“Let’s check this out.”

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Richard de Leon III

STO lifetime…the one lifetime sub I never regretted buying :)

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George Wilson III

Same here. Just wish I had gotten the LOTRO lifetime too.

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Daniel Reasor

It really has had a ridiculous return on investment, for a thing in an MMO. Mine paid for itself years ago through the dilithium stipend, and they’ve added value to it since then with the Romulan, and now Dominion, uniforms and ships, plus newer versions to keep up with the advent of Tier 6 when the Delta Quadrant expansion launched.

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EmberStar

I’ve had a Lifetime since basically before the game started. (I think at one point during beta it might have gone on sale for like $100 or something? Don’t remember, probably doesn’t matter.) If you really like the game and plan on spending money in the cash store it’s at least worth considering. Each playable faction gets a variant of the Veteran ship, which comes in a T6 version that’s at least playable for the group missions.

I think the Lifetime also still includes a small monthly allowance of cash store currency, so if you saved up long enough (and wait for the sales that happen two or three times per year or so) you could purchase more Account Bank space or another ship eventually. (Very, very eventually. Most of the T6 ships are pretty expensive, but at least they’re account unlocks.)

In my opinion though, the value varies depending on how many characters you have. If you have at least one captain in each faction then you’re getting a ton of costume options and other little bonuses, along with an account-wide unlock of the Veteran ship for each faction. (Only one ship per faction, sadly. Starfleet can’t use the Romulan or Dominion ships, nor vice versa.) If you only ever play one character though, it’s maybe not such a great deal.

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Nick Martin

I have it as well, and it depends entirely on how much you’re planning on playing. There are several things, none of them game-breaking, but you get a decent enough variety to boost most characters.

The 500 zen per month, by itself, is kinda useless. But if you’re like me, and go months between play sessions, you can log in and be able to afford a new ship from the shop, which is pretty nice.

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NeoWolf

Takes MANY months to buy a ship at 500 per month as a stipend it is an utterly worthless amount they should up it to 1500 like almost every other game that gives a stipend.

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JonBuck

I end up using it to buy a few lockbox keys or dilithium.

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NeoWolf

Much the same as me,

But it’s pretty poor just how little 500 can get in the Zen store and most of it is trivial stuff like DOFFs and boosts, some slots, BO tokens, a few individual master keys, and that’s pretty much it.

Ships are what most people want and even the Cheapest tier 1 is 750 so that’s 2 months stipend and if anyone needs a tier 1 ship after 2 months still then probably aren’t suited to this game, to begin with. And now they have made the Tier 6 ships level with you from min to max they have pretty much invalidated the point of having any ship under T6, which means saving it for those and you are looking at around 8 months of stipend just to get one ship if not more.

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Mewmew

Most other games that give a stipend? I only really know one that gives $15 worth (ESO) and they don’t have lifetime subs (and the game isn’t free either – the game and its expansions wrack up a decent amount of money on their own).

For free games, Neverwinter gives you a lockbox key a day, SWTOR gives you $5 a month IAP currency just like STO (though with no lifetime option either). Trove’s sub lets you earn more stuff in-game by playing but doesn’t come with any IAP on its own. WoW doesn’t have a non-sub option and I don’t think it comes with any IAP currency. what are all these other games with lifetime subs that supposedly give you $15 worth? Or even games without lifetime subs other than ESO that give you $15 worth of IAP currency?

Star Trek Online doesn’t even have a normal subscription these days, they only have a lifetime one. The normal one was replaced by a starter item that gives most of the same stuff the old sub did for a one time $15 payment. Comparing it to a normal subscription can’t really be done as there is no Star Trek Online subscription. It’s a lifetime bonus, it’s a different thing because there is no monthly sub you can get.

They all come with different perks and so are very hard to compare just by the IAP currency they come with. And in the MMORPG subscription world, ESO’s sub is extremely generous, giving you about the same amount of IAP currency as the sub costs each month. That’s a very rare thing though, it’s far from “almost every other game” that does that.

I’m not disagreeing that they could raise it. Though 750-1,000 a month would be more reasonable than 1,500 (in fact I would say 1,500 is too much for this one-time payment especially considering the longevity of STO). Most people feel that the bonuses that come with the STO one make it worth it for them when it’s on sale anyway. You don’t get this membership for the 500 a month IAP currency, that’s just a little bonus.

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NeoWolf

A key a day in NWN? that’s like 100+ zen per day in comparison to STO’s 500 zen a month. Sheesh

500 a month isn’t so much a little bonus as a largely meaningless bonus as there isn’t much of worth you can use it for you literally have to let it accumulate for many months to be of ANY worth, which is pretty much the point I was making.

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Mewmew

The sale usually kicks it down to $200. I’ve watched the STO news for years and have never seen it at $100. I believe $200 is the lowest it’s been dropped to. It’s worth it at $200 anyway for most people.

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EmberStar

This was ages ago, during the original beta. It’s also entirely possible I’m not remembering correctly. In any case, just in terms of the stipend I broke even on what I paid years ago. 500 coins per month isn’t much, but over the seven years or so since the game went live it’s at least something.

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Armsman

Yeah, I picked up my STO LTS the first day they made it available near the end of the Closed Beta. Took a while – but I must say at this point and time I don’t regret the purchase.

I started playing STO in closed beta (got the invite at the end of September 2009). It’s the only MMO I’ve stuck with for what is now a little over a decade (Sheesh).

Hell, I beta tested EQ in 1999 – but bailed on that game in 2004. Betaed City of Heroes in December 2003; but bailed on it in 2009. Tried EVE Online from 2006 – 2008; and lasted about 1 year in SWToR (2011 – 2012) and did a year in FFXIV (2016 – 2017)<—- probably the best semi High Fantasy game I played, but having to remember ALL those Boss strats to not get yelled at/kicked from groups…just got too much after a while.

I guess the fact I'm a huge Star Trek fan has something to do with it. STO does a decenmt job of creating a 'universe' faithful enough to the gambit of ST series produced over the past 50+ years; plus it's a VERY casual MMO in comparison to old EQ, WoW (when I played), EVE, and especially FFXIV.