Star Trek Online's Steve Ricossa Talks Making Their PC MMO Playable on Xbox One

By Kelly Packard, 1 year ago
Every year, the fall season is jam-packed with massive, big-budget releases. This year's lineup includes AAA titles like Titanfall 2, Battlefield 1, Dishonored 2 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. But between the standard titles there are often free-to-play games that are hoping to win gamers' hearts over, too. This fall it's Star Trek Online, a free-to-play MMORPG that is developed by Cryptic Studios and distributed by Perfect World Entertainment, the same two companies responsible for Neverwinter.

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In a video, Cryptic's Lead Designer Steve Ricossa discusses the challenges of bringing the game's complex UI to a 16-button controller as opposed to 72-key keyboard. He explains that instead of making an awkward port that console players will be able to tell didn't have much thought put into it, the team at Cryptic threw out the PC UI entirely and built a new system from the ground up for the console versions. The team spent months creating a control scheme that they now "love."

He also confirms that all of the content on the PC version will be available to console players. That's over six years of content, including 11 seasonal updates and two expansion packs. He also reiterates that the game is free-to-play with no subscription required (although it does require an Xbox Live membership).

Star Trek Online will be available this fall.
Kelly Packard
Written by Kelly Packard
In a few descriptors: college student, longtime gamer, writer and junk food enthusiast. I contribute to TrueAchievements as a news writer and reviewer. Usually, you can find me knee-deep in a multiplayer game while ignoring my growing backlog or on one forum or another discussing all things gaming.