As much as I have grown to dislike just about anything Trek related these days, I still have always wondered why there wasn’t an MMO to take advantage of the instant immersion into a universe that a Star Trek framework would bring.
I started looking for any game that would present the same sorts of things I expect in a Star Trek online game–a vast universe to explore with both in-ship and with “away team” missions–and couldn’t find it. Eve Online had the ship combat thing down, but you’re stuck on board your ship. And even that felt claustrophobic, as you’re basically a solo pilot, not the captain of a 400-person crew…or even a lowly ensign.
Not only will you captain a ship, but there will be gameplay inside ships and on planets and space stations. The plan is for Human, Vulcan, Andorian, Klingon, Orion, Gorn, and several other races. You will also be able to create your own race with its own custom look and attributes.
Here are a couple more things from the FAQ that caught my eye:
Will everyone be the Captain of their own ship?
Yes, but you will have to earn the responsibility and skill to command larger and more powerful vessels. Remember, in Star Trek as well as naval tradition, whoever commands the ship is the “Captain,” even if it is not your current rank.
Can I play something other than a Captain like a Doctor or an Engineer?
Everyone is a Captain, (remember, if you command a ship, you are automatically a Captain), and you will command a crew, but that does not limit your role. Your character will still be able to choose from a variety of career paths, such as Engineer, Tactical Officer, Doctor, Science Officer, etc. Your career path is your root, and will affect your skills, and how you command your crew. Consider Jean-Luc Picard, Beverly Crusher, Worf and Kathryn Janeway. Picard was an archeologist and diplomat, Crusher was a doctor, Worf a security/tactical officer, and Janeway was a scientist. Each eventually choose a career in command and became ship captains. This does not mean the game will limit your ship choices based on your profession