It seems that worries about Star Trek Online may have been unfounded after it emerged that the game’s developer, Cryptic Studios, has been overwhelmed with users looking for access to the open beta.
It’s certainly interesting to see such strong adoption, but it probably shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. While many were quick to voice their doubts about the massive multiplayer game, it seems that the combination of Cryptic’s solid reputation and the recognition that comes with the Star Trek brand has been enough to give the game a phenomenal amount of hype. We’d imagine that’s only been strengthened by the fairly recent release of the newest Star Trek movie on Blu-Ray and DVD.
Indeed, CVG is reporting that even the folks at Cryptic Studios have been surprised by the sheer number of users trying to gain access to the game’s open beta program. Indeed, according to an update from Cryptic, the company is having trouble keeping up with the users trying to gain access, saying,
“So very many people have shown interest in Star Trek Online and logged in to play that we’ve actually had to scramble to support everyone. Our core engineers are this very second working like crazed technology wielding madmen to improve performance and stability across the board. We’re also adding a lot more hardware to accommodate our players.”
It’s nice to see Cryptic managing to do well for itself, and by its own admission it seems that the initial rush on the open beta has “crushed our predictions.” Still, we’ll be curious to see what those players who’ve already gained access think of the game, after questions emerged from those in the closed beta about just what level of polish users might expect when the game eventually ships.