Cryptic Studios has launched a new free-to-play model for planet-hopping MMO Star Trek Online.
CEO Jack Emmert said the new free-to-play focus is great for fans and casual gamers who were previously put off by the barriers of entry that paid subscriptions entailed.
"We couldn't be more excited," he said, "Anyone can download and play Star Trek Online at no cost. There's no better way to see how sitting in the captain's chair feels."
Originally released as a subscription-based MMO in 2010, the game will still feature a payment option of $15 a month, providing additional features such as more character slots and a bigger inventory.
First announced last year, the game's shift to free-to-play means Star Trek Online is the latest in a growing list of big name MMOs now giving it away, following in the footsteps of DC Universe Online, The Lord of the Rings Online and City of Heroes, among others.
Even the almighty World of Warcraft has implemented a limited free-to-play aspect, which allows users to play unrestricted up to level 20 before the game starts asking for cash.