Mobile 4X strategy MMO Star Trek Fleet Command makes its debut on PC today

    
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Did you know that there’s a massively multiplayer 4X strategy game based in the Star Trek universe? Perhaps it’s because you’re one of those who shuns all things mobile gaming, but indeed there is such a game. It’s called Star Trek Fleet Command, which first made its launch to mobile devices in November 2018 with a setting originally in the Kelvin timeline but eventually expanding to other portions of the IP’s cinematic and series universe including Discovery and The Next Generation. To date, the game has seen players log over 500 million hours and wage 14 billion battles.

We bring this up not only because it’s an MMO you’ve never heard of but because the game’s horizons have expanded with an official launch to PC today. The PC version of Fleet Command promises all of the gameplay of the mobile title as well as cross-platform and cross-progression features to allow PC and mobile players to play together and bring their progress from one device to the other seamlessly.

Fleet Command is celebrating the game’s PC launch with several goodies, including a bundle of free resources for mobile players who link their accounts to the PC version, unique cosmetic avatars and frames for PC players who download the game this week, and exclusive resource bundle sales for PC players. There’s also a special sweepstakes to enter to win an ATX PC styled like a Borg Cube. The game is otherwise free-to-play, though the ability to purchase resources as well as mention of a battle pass in the most recent update notes may cause some cash shop concerns. Otherwise, those who are curious can check out a couple of guides.

sources: press release, official site (1, 2)
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Loopy

Yeaaaah Fleet Command is the epitome of a gacha game. Would not recommend under any circumstance.

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Greaterdivinity

Ah yes, the trailers that have zero to do with the game whatsoever.

I played this for a bit when it first launched and this was…not great. I’ll go with the recently re-released games on GOG or hell, even the more recent game made off the rebooted movies, before I go back to this.

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McGuffn

I hope in the game Geordi is still at the helm and Spock is manning his usual navigation console, ranting about the “nuclewer wessels” like he always does. Otherwise it just wouldn’t be star trek.

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Rhime

That was Chekov in Star Trek IV…

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McGuffn

yes but in the trailer spock is in checkov’s chair for no reason other than it’s closer to the camera. Troi is awol too.

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Fisty

If you have never played Birth of the Federation, it is an older Star Trek game that is abandonware now with a cool mod community. It’s kind of like Stellaris, but obviously older, like an Orion game and in some ways is more akin to an updated Star Wars Rebellion (Supremacy) in terms of visuals and QoL stuff.

STAR TREK: Birth Of The Federation

You will love this game more than this mobile game.

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crowstwo

Oh God, no. Stay away from this!
As much as I love Star Trek, my favorite franchise I would never install this gacha, P2W, grindfest of a game. It’s the worst kind of mobile game.

It’s sad that besides STO we don’t have a real Star Trek game.

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Neurotic

…unless we dip back into the remasters on GOG.com! There we find the real treasure! I think what we mean is, it’s a shame we don’t have any modern, good Star Trek games. Although, for a short laugh, the Bridge Crew VR game in non-VR mode is quite entertaining, if hopelessly fiddly.

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EmberStar

I’m almost sure GoG.com recently sent me a notice that they’ve just added a bunch of “new” (to their library) classic Star Trek games, like both Elite Force shooters (previously lost in IP Hell due to being published by a company that I think still exists but no longer has the license to sell Star Trek Stuff) and Star Trek Fleet Command 3 (the one that jumped from TOS era to TNG, I think?)

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Neurotic

Affirmative, captain. The full list is:

    Elite Force 1 and 2
    Bridge Commander
    SFC III
    Away Team
    Hidden Evil
    Armada 1 and 2 (coming soon)

That’s in addition to the TOS and Movie-era Interplay adventures.

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Loopy

I recently installed Bridge Commander again. I forgot how damn hard that game is lol. But it’s one of the most immersive Star Trek games still out there, which includes the VR Bridge Crew.

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Neurotic

Yeah, Bridge Commander’s a real tough nut to crack. Legendary game! :D

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rayraycharlie

There is also a recently released mod for Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion called Star Trek Armada III. It looks great and plays good. I haven’t spent too much time with it but I like what I have played.
https://www.moddb.com/mods/star-trek-armada-3

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Neurotic

Cool! Thanks for the tip. :)

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somber_bliss

Yeah, I’m surprised this site is promoting this as an mmo. Is star wars galaxy of heroes next?

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Dug From The Earth

unfortunately until “mmo’s” get a more defined description, anything that has a handful of people playing at once is called an mmo, regardless of if they play together, or even see each other playing.

its pretty obnoxious

Imagine the RTS fans and how they would act if Tower Defense games were called RTS games.

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Leo

well this is just my point of view, but I see MMO as just meaning Massively Multiplayer Online in it’s most literal reading. More of a broad qualifier. The more direct ones like MMORPG are best used as direct genre definers. I know that’s not everyone’s way of doing it but how I always viewed it.

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Neurotic

That’s a very interesting point that you make. I always used to say “MMORPG” to mean “MMO”, but in the last year or so came to think that it’s pointless jamming “RPG” onto everything, because there are lots of MMOs that aren’t strictly RPGs, and some MMORPGs that have less RPG in them than some breakfast cereals. Now I can’t imagine using MMORPG as the catch-all name.

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Leo

Well to my MMORPG is the WarCraft or Old Republic style of games. So when I hear that I imagine those games. Then there is like MMOARPG which is the Diablo-like games – Marvel Heroes or Path of Exiles. And sometimes just best to go with a more direct comparison – ‘a Guild Wars 2 clone’ or such.

And at the end of the day, game genres are typically all over the place and many times I hear people mixing and matching different ones. Like ‘a Souls-like Metroidvania’ or such.

Just my 2 cents.

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Paul

Thanks for the heads up lol