Before Christmas, Namco Bandai announced the launch date of the Star Trek Online Gold Edition box set with promises of pre-order incentives to be revealed in the New Year. Details of these have now been released with a range of differing rewards for aspiring Federation officers and Klingon warlords who pre-order the game. Everyone who pre-orders the game will be entitled to take part in the Open Beta test from January 12th to January 26th and subsequently, the Early Start program running from January 29th through until launch on February 2nd. Exclusive pre-order content is available from the following retailers:
Game customers who pre-order Star Trek Online receive a unique ground weapon – the TR-116 rifle. This rare projectile weapon is used in dampening fields and other challenging environments; it is modified with a micro-transporter which beams the fired projectiles to targets at close range so that a user can fire without a direct line of site. Deep Space 9’s Science Officer Chu’lak used the weapon with murderous intent in the episode ‘Field of Fire’.
Fans of Star Trek: Voyager and in particular, fans of ‘Seven of Nine’ will enjoy Amazon’s offering: an exclusive “Liberated Borg” Bridge Officer. This bridge officer, who comes with unique nanotechnology augmentations, assists in missions and gains experience as the player does.
Gamestation customers will receive a short-range auxiliary ‘Starfleet Shuttle’ used for personnel transport and small cargos. The shuttlecraft have limited warp capacity.
If you’re looking to improve your Bat’leth proficiency or other skills quickly, pre-order with Play.com who will be rewarding customers with additional skill points for faster in-game progression.
HMV is rolling out the Star Trek equivalent of the cuddly toy on the rewards conveyor with a unique in-game pet. As a Federation Captain, players will own a Tribble to keep them company on their travels while Klingon commanders will receive a boar-like Targ, a violent and destructive beast native to the Klingon home world of Qo’noS.
If you’ve ever fancied sitting in the iconic chair of Captain James T. Kirk, Gamestop is the retailer for you offering the original USS Enterprise as the rewards for pre-ordering.
Various independent retailers around the country will be also be replicating micro-transaction points to be spent in game. Check with your local store for details.
To qualify for one of these rewards, all you have to do is follow the link and register your pre-order with the retailer of your choice. For more information about Star Trek Online visit www.startrekonline.com.
Just to comment on the opening paragraph, if it’s truly an Open Beta, wouldn’t everyone be eligible?