‘Star Trek Online’ to embark on beta test adventure soon

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Think of it as a little shakedown cruise.

Star Trek OnlineStar Trek Online will enter the perilous wormhole that is closed beta testing in late 2009, but the only way to guarantee yourself a seat on the bridge is to buy into Cryptic Studios’ other game, Champions Online.

A six-month “discounted” subscription will suffice, but those opting for a “lifetime” subscription will get a bonus — a Mirror Universe costume set for Trek Online.

“Beyond the deep discount on the subscription rates, we wanted to come up with added incentives and exclusives that, as gamers, we could get excited about,” said Jack Emmert, Cryptic Studios’ chief operating officer. “With an early commitment to Champions Online, granting guaranteed early access to our next big game, Star Trek Online, seemed like a great way to engage Cryptic’s biggest fans in other projects at the studio.”

If you’re attending this weekend’s Star Trek convention at the Las Vegas Hilton, you might even run into members of the game’s development team. Also appearing: William Shatner (Capt. Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Spock Prime), Zachary Quinto (the new Spock) and Christopher Lloyd (Klingon Capt. Kruge).

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