After only being released in early September, Cryptic’s superhero MMORPG, Champions Online is going to go from being a subscription-based game to free to play. How does this affect Cryptic’s other game, Star Trek Online? With the company still up in the air on whether Star Trek should be free or not, they’ve decided to let the happenings of Champions decide the fate of Trek. In and interview with Eurogamer, Cryptic CEP, Jack Emmert explained:
“I’m sure people are wondering whether we’ll do it with Star Trek and the question is really how well it does for Champions…We’re not sold one way or the other with Star Trek yet. If people want Star Trek to go free-to-play then get in and play Champions and help make it a great success, because that would send a strong message.”
But of course there’s a little bit of a catch; “There are more people than just I on that decision and I can’t begin to say it would be an automatic ‘Yes, we’d do it.” And on the success of Chapmions?
“We hope for a success as big as [Dungeons & Dragons Online]…I’m not going to say we’ll do or die if we don’t get five times our revenue or whatever the stats were that [DDO developer] Turbine did. We’re just hoping to open it up and increase the fanbase, and we’ll just wait and see — I’d love it if we got their results, but hey, if that doesn’t happen it doesn’t happen.”