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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" 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: Del Taco?
By lightfoot on 1/28/2010 2:10:01 PM , Rating: 2
it looks like just a bad ripoff of Eve Online reskinned to look like 'Trek.

Actually having played both games, and spoken with several others, this is actually a good compairison. Star Trek Online is much more like EVE Online than other MMO's. However from my experiance it is a good ripoff of EVE online, not bad. EVE suffered from the problem of being enormously boring where you were rewarded for spending time, not for doing things. ST Online is much more quest based and combat oriented (which is a good thing, despite the lack of consistancy with the license.) The only aspect of EVE online that was much better was the complexity of the economy. The economy in ST online seems crippled at best, possibly because it is based on a fictional society that has no currency...

But the public beta of ST Online improved VASTLY in the last week when two MAJOR patches were released (over a GB of changes.) The Borg invasion on the final day of the Beta was definitely a blast, and I look forward to the official launch.

RE: Del Taco?
By Reclaimer77 on 1/28/2010 4:04:31 PM , Rating: 2
I agree with you about Eve. It *can* be fun, but the real time training system means it realistically will take you months before you have the skills to be even remotely sufficient at whatever you choose to do.

Also the real time system insures that you can never, and I mean NEVER, catch up to veteran players no matter how much more you play. I don't agree with that system.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna log in and see what I can blow up in my Raven battleship that took me months to learn to fly, equipped with weapon systems that took me moths to learn to fire, defended with shield systems that took me months to learn to use....


RE: Del Taco?
By FITCamaro on 1/28/2010 9:41:47 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I was in the beta for EVE and played until SWG came out (regret leaving for that disaster but I'm a huge SW geek). The real time training had pros and cons. The pro was that you didn't have to play constantly to keep your skills up with everyone else's. The con was that if you were a new player, you'd never catch up.

RE: Del Taco?
By Jalek on 1/29/2010 2:41:23 PM , Rating: 2
The con was that if you were a new player, you'd never catch up.

That's what I've heard, I have a copy of Eve I've never installed, I have plenty of other time sinks available, and being perpetually outclassed is like being a retail investor in the stock market.

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