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Report: Console Star Trek Online 'On Back Burner'

Cryptic Studios said that the console version of Star Trek Online "is on the backburner," following the recent confirmation that Champions Online is also no longer planned for consoles.
Cryptic Studios' website still says that the company is developing the MMORPG Star Trek Online for PC and consoles, but Star Trek Online's executive producer said console versions of the game are no longer in the works. The PC version released in February. "[Star Trek for consoles] is something we can readily do in terms of technology," said Star Trek Online executive producer Craig Zinkievich in a VideoGamer.com report. "We've had it up and running on certain consoles, and had plans and designs in order to take advantage of those platforms." "But as it stands right now it's a little difficult to make that final leap on the business side of things," he added. "So, currently, just like Champions, the console version of Star Trek Online is on the back burner." At the end of March this year, Jack Emmert, CCO at Atari-owned Cryptic, said that there "are no current plans for a console version" of the superhero MMORPG Champions Online, although the studio had been working on console iterations. He implied that the studio had run into an obstacle in Microsoft's ability to address issues related to running an MMO on Xbox 360. There are few examples of console MMOs, as it's the always-connected, open PC platform that remains the primary destination for the genre. Sony Online Entertainment is currently developing The Agency and DC Universe Online for PC and PlayStation 3. Square Enix released the MMO Final Fantasy XI on console, and is developing Final Fantasy XIV for PC and PS3, officially. Funcom's Age of Conan, released in 2008 on PC, is apparently still in the works for Xbox 360, despite a long period of development.

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