Yet another big-hitting MMO is to drop its current subscription model in favour of free-to-play.
Cryptic Studios owner Perfect World has stated that the transition will happen before the end of the year, Gamasutra reports.
"When Perfect World acquired Cryptic, one of our contributions was to share our free-to-play experience with Cryptic," CFO Kelvin Lau stated.
"Cryptic is working on the free-to-play model for Star Trek Online. This is going to be launched by the end of this year as well. So I think with the free-to-play model, we have bigger potential in the US market and also in the Chinese market."
Perfect World acquired Cryptic earlier this year following Atari’s decision to sell its claim.