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'Star Trek Online' now free-to-play

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Star Trek Online has gone free to play. The MMO will keep a $14.99 subscription fee for Gold members, but will provide the basic game experience for free.

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While Star Wars: The Old Republic looks to have had an impressive launch, fellow MMO Star Trek Online is fighting back by going free today, nearly two years after it first launched. The move to a freemium model was announced back in September, and means the game follows in the footsteps of Lord of the Rings Online and DC Universe Online. Newly-designated Gold members can continue to pay $14.99 a month for features like ad-free voice chat and extra slots for characters and inventory, but it looks like non-paying Silver members will be getting close to a complete experience. Players without a subscription will also be able to purchase the premium content and features via the in-game store. Alternatively you can buy a lifetime subscription to all the game's content for a one-off price of $299.99, which sounds like a good way for Trekkies to prove their loyalty in the face of Star Wars-fueled temptation.