Cryptic Studios have announced that their MMO Star Trek Online joins the freemium gold-rush, but current and lapsed subscribers can join the new fleet as of today.
Starting today anyone with a lapsed subscription to Star Trek Online will be able to log into the game and play as a "Silver member." This means that anyone that has previously subscribed to the game, even if only for the initial month, can come back and play for free.
Free players will be able to recruit additional bridge officers, re-spec characters, and access premium ships through microtransactions using a new virtual currency, Cryptic Points. Fleet creation, in-game chat and mail, forums and customer service access will also be limited compared to paying players(sto credits). Veteran awards and priority login will be restricted to paying subscribers.