Star Trek Infinite Space First Look Preview -- Browsers, The Final FrontierBy Nikole Zivalich - Posted Mar 14, 2011
Star Trek: Infinite Space is an upcoming MMORPG based on the Star Trek universe. Gameplay focuses heavily on space combat, and players can choose between two factions, the Federation or the Klingons, each of which has their own ships and backstory. Once your affiliation has been chosen, you'll be able to pick from a wide selection of races from the series, several of which have yet to be confirmed. Some of the announced races are human, Andorian, Klingon, and Bajoran.
Infinite Space is free-to-play but will have micro-transactions. It was important to the GameForge developers to not have anything in the game that could only be bought. Anything you can buy through micro-transactions you can earn in-game as well. Another neat feature is you can play from virtually any computer with an internet connection. All you need is your password and login info.
Basic PC game controls are used to navigate -- arrow keys to move and the mouse to interact. Infinite Space also uses Unity3D technology, so it's going to look better than other browser based games no matter what type of PC you have. You will need to download the Unity3D plug-in, but that’s all.
Gamers will start out as a level one captain, as your gain XP you'll gain access to better ships and loot. You'll also be able to upgrade weapons, improving your critical hit ratio. Based on the quest system, players can explore space while completing missions and finding sub-quests. Leveling up your team of party members is just as important as leveling up yourself. Party members' skills are tied to ship attributes. If you level up your medic, your medical bay will also be upgraded. This will then allow you to heal if the option comes up in a mission. Doing this will then open more quest options. Infinite Space supports up to five players in co-op mode; competitive multiplayer mode hosts 50 players.
Probing planets, an activity Mass Effect 2 fans are all too familiar with, will garner results in real time. To get information on a probed planet, gamers will have to wait 10-12 hours, actual earth hours. The reason they opted for real-time results was to reward and encourage gamers to come back.
If you're worried about the authenticity of the game, Lee Sheldon, the screenwriter of Star Trek: The Next Generation penned the game’s story. Plus, Star Trek experts Michael and Denise Okuda are assisting as well. Fans of the series will easily get lost in the world GameForge has created. Players who are new to the Star Trek series have also been catered too. LCRAS is the game's encyclopedia that teaches you about the universe, your stats, and the characters.
Star Trek: Infinite Space will launch its beta this spring. It is expected to be release shortly after in the summer.