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The Type 8 shuttlecraft (Click to expand)
With purchase of a Macho drink

Our initial coverage of the Star Trek Online MMO yesterday quickly became a top story. One of the concerns voiced by readers was pricing, with a particular reluctance to shell out money for a game without trying out a demo version first.

Atari, the publisher of STO, has partnered up with Del Taco to provide a free trial of the game. Customers who purchase a Macho-sized drink at Del Taco will receive a free limited edition Star Trek collector’s cup and a free trial of Star Trek Online while supplies last. Each collector’s cup will have an individual peel code that can be redeemed for a 48-hour free trial of Star Trek Online at http://www.startrekonline.com/deltaco" rel="nofollow, with up to four codes redeemable. As an added bonus, customers that redeem the maximum four codes will receive an extra 48-hours of access to the game for a total of 10 full days.

Additionally, if consumers choose to purchase the game after their free trial, they will receive a free Type-8 Shuttlecraft "pet" add-on for their Starship, available exclusively from Del Taco.

“Early response to Star Trek Online has been tremendous,” said Jim Wilson, CEO and President of  Atari. “Our partnership with Del Taco brings this unique sci-fi massively open online game to an even broader mainstream audience as well as avid Star Trek fans.”

“We’re excited to be partnering with Atari and the Star Trek franchise,” said John Cappasola, Vice President of Marketing at Del Taco. “We think our customers are going to enjoy the collectible cups as well as the opportunity to get a free trial of the Star Trek Online game.

Free trial time will be applied beginning when  the code is redeemed, with all free trial time expiring March 15, 2010. The caveat is that customers will have to download a copy of the game, as well as sign up for an account in order to participate.

All digital and retail copies of Star Trek Online come with 30 days of gameplay, but a subscription is required beyond that initial period. Star Trek Online launches officially on February 2.



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RE: Free to roam in Star Trek Online?
By astralsolace on 1/28/2010 10:42:22 AM , Rating: 2
There is an ability that escorts get called "Ramming Speed," which you can use to damage enemies at the cost of your own health, but you can't do it to friendly players, no. You can use it in PVP, though.


RE: Free to roam in Star Trek Online?
By osxsier on 1/28/2010 12:54:38 PM , Rating: 2
Well thankfully there is a Del Taco right next to my house in San Jose, CA.

Ill be playing this tonight and hopefully having fun. Im just so burnt out on WoW anything has to be better. I played Eve for a while and I just found that it took too long to really get anywhere and it become boring after a while.

Hope this solves it.


By FITCamaro on 1/28/2010 1:55:12 PM , Rating: 2
Headstart doesn't begin until tomorrow.


RE: Free to roam in Star Trek Online?
By Reclaimer77 on 1/28/2010 3:48:18 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
There is an ability that escorts get called "Ramming Speed," which you can use to damage enemies at the cost of your own health, but you can't do it to friendly players, no. You can use it in PVP, though.


Sigh.. hearing shit like this kills any enthusiasm I had for subscribing. That's fucking stupid. Star ships do NOT "ram". You do not freaking TOUCH another ship with yours unless you are prepared to die and lose your ship. It's a life or death desperation tactic, not something you casually do with minimal risk on a routine basis.

Fucking retarded. We finally get a Star Trek MMO and they turn it into Picard's BumperShips 2010 !! Goddamnit.


RE: Free to roam in Star Trek Online?
By lightfoot on 1/28/2010 5:33:09 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly in the game they treat it very much like you described. An act of desperation that can only be used by the smallest most aggressive vessels (Escorts) and is treated very much like in First Contact or Nemesis. It is unlikely to be a survivable tactic unless you are ramming a much smaller/weaker vessel.

I must admit that the penalties for accidental collisions aren't nearly as severe as I would like, but I suspect that has to do with the fact that it is online and suffers from latency and lag like any other MMO. (Collision detection is notoriously bad in MMOs.)


RE: Free to roam in Star Trek Online?
By FITCamaro on 1/28/2010 9:44:48 PM , Rating: 2
There aren't any collision penalties that I saw. If you "hit" another ship you just stopped. Same with asteroids and the like.


By Reclaimer77 on 1/28/2010 11:44:41 PM , Rating: 2
:(


By lightfoot on 1/29/2010 2:29:48 PM , Rating: 2
Colliding with terrain I agree there were no penalties, I'm not sure about Player/Enemy collisions (damn Klingons wouldn't stop shooting for me to test it.) One thing is certian - if you're too close when they go up, so do you.

Player/Player collisions also do nothing probably to avoid abuse of such a system. (There is always that "one guy" who tries to ruin the game for others...)


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