We are working on some sweeping changes to the way the Demo (and Demo Accounts) functions for Star Trek Online. While these changes are underway, we have turned off the Star Trek Online Demo. This means that users who are currently not subscribed to Star Trek Online will not be able to access the Demo.
Please keep an eye on the homepage, where we will announce when our changes are ready and interested players can come try STO again without a retail key or a subscription.
It could also be related to ST Academy and Klingon Academy. They are suppossed to give us new tutorials and having to play as the Federation for the first six levels in order to unlock the KDF will also be a thing of the past.
Until we get a lot more content I don't think f2p is even on the radar. As the game is now too many people would play all the content in a month or less and drop it assuming features like foundry creation are still for paying customers only and the character slots are limited as they are in many f2p games.
While I think F2P would be great for the game, and am hopeful that it will happen someday, I don't think that day is today, so to speak. Dan has said several times in the past that they were unhappy with how limited the demo experience was. Hopefully this means that the Academies and a more expansive, and possibly unlimited time demo will be coming out sooner rather than later.
Yeah, a game has to be 'finished' and people have to have confidence in it for it to go F2P,
With no KDF content, bugs EVERYWHERE, no new content for 6 months (yes I know there is content coming) it isn't a good idea to go F2p now. Cryptic employees better not buy anything expensive if they want to go there now..
I'm personally not in favor of F2P and everygame I've seen transition to that model has made a negative impact on me - it's mostly ambiance related for me, I think. There are also, generally, things subscription-paying clients lose and need to purchase after the transition which they could take for granted before.
A better demo would certainly be desirable, though.