In the futuristic world of Star Trek, money has become obsolete so it’s only fitting that the MMO Star Trek Online will adopt a Free-To-Play model starting January 17th.

Of course, there’s still in-game currency called Dilithium. Paying subscribers will automatically accrue Dilithium upon logging in, capped at 1 billion, while free accounts will need to manually refine Dilithium with a 100 million cap. Visit the Features Matrix for a side by side comparison of features.

Free doesn’t mean cheap.

Executive Producer Stephen D’Angelo says there are big updates in store. “The game goes to warp speed in February,” said D’Angelo. “All told, it’s my goal to have something new in the game nearly every week starting with the second anniversary event and running through the end of April.”

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