After six years, Star Trek Online is ready to expand from the PC to the gaming console.
Come fall, the massively multiplayer online game will become available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.
“Our goal is to deliver the same high-quality Star Trek experience to players on these consoles, with some additional upgrades to make the transition to the console space a smooth and natural experience,” game executive producer Stephen Ricossa said in a release.
“Our first major task was to convert a PC game that takes nearly an entire keyboard to play, into a game that plays well with a 12-button controller,” he said. “We focused on getting the controls right before we began work in earnest on this project, because we knew the game had to be as tactical, fun and accessible as the PC game that preceded it.”
STO will use a combination of radial menus as well as streamlined head-up display elements that will be “easily understood, instantly accessible, and incredibly fun to play,” Ricossa added.
The game itself also will see improvements on the game engine side, especially in its visual quality. That includes deferred lighting, light probes, and improvements to the game’s high-dynamic range lighting system that could help give STO a more realistic lighting appearance. While that work will be evident in the console versions of STO, Ricossa promises it will be included in future updates to the PC version of the game later this year as well.
It’s been a busy past couple weeks for the online game, especially with the announcement May 6 of its 50th anniversary celebration of Star Trek in the “Agents of Yesterday” expansion. There players will have a chance to jump back in time to the 23rd century in the time of the original costumes and ships.
STO’s current timeline is set after the events in the prime universe that led to 2009’s “Star Trek.”
That expansion includes the voice work of Walter Koenig of the original series, as well as Chris Doohan, son of Koenig’s late co-star James Doohan, taking on the role of Scotty. The younger Doohan already plays that role in the fan-film series “Star Trek Continues.”