GameSpy writes: "If you attended the panel entitled "You Are What You Launch," hosted by Cryptic's Chief Creative Officer Jack Emmert this part February at the Game Developers Conference, you may remember what he was wearing: a satisfied smile, and a Starfleet Academy sweatshirt. It was just one of the not-so-subtle hints he dropped throughout his speaking tour of the show, pointing at one thing: his company was picking up the "Star Trek" IP from the now-defunct but then merely ailing studio Perpetual Entertainment. Call it the MMO scene's worst kept secret -- one that, to be frank, Cryptic didn't seem too interested in keeping dark.
The cat came out of the bag officially on July 28th, when the mysterious countdown timer on Cryptic's site expired, and startrekonline.com launched. Scant details were provided: in a letter to the community, Emmert made it clear that he loves him some "Trek," while the site's "About" page hinted at crucial game elements (every player will be a captain!), and name dropped some serious "Trek" arcana, like the Fire Caves of Bajor, and the Mutara Nebula. An Associated Press article posted today confirmed many of the hinted-at elements. According to the story, players will choose between flying the colors of the Federation or the Klingon Empire, and pick from amongst a variety of different species to represent their captains -- the article mentions the Klingons, and the lizard-like Gorn. And in move that plays to one of Cryptic's proven strengths, players will also be able to create custom alien races."