ONE-OF-A-KIND COMMUNITY AUTHORING TOOL PUTS PLAYERS IN THE CAPTAIN’S CHAIR
(Los Angeles, CA) March 31, 2011 – Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, and Cryptic Studios, creators of the acclaimed City of Heroes and Champions Online, announced today the release of The Foundry, a unique suite of robust community authoring tools unlike anything else created for MMOs.
Designed for players of Star Trek Online by Cryptic’s own diehard Star Trek fans, The Foundry is a compelling new addition to Star Trek Online that grants players the opportunity to create their own in-depth missions and share their creativity with other members of the community. The Foundry empowers users with the same tools that Cryptic’s own development team utilizes to build Star Trek Online’s engaging content. For the first time ever, players can contribute their own fully developed interactive stories to the Star Trek Online universe.
“The Foundry is a type of tool all of us here, as Star Trek fans, have been eagerly anticipating for a very long time,” said Daniel Stahl, Executive Producer, Star Trek Online. “The universe of Star Trek Online is constantly growing and improving, but now we are empowering users so that they may finally create their own Star Trek stories, missions and memorable characters inside our persistent game world. This is something truly special and we couldn’t be more excited to see what creative fans come up with.”
The Foundry is a proprietary addition to Cryptic’s internal game engine, which powers Star Trek Online, Champions Online and the recently-announced Neverwinter.
Cryptic Studios will periodically feature missions created by members of the gaming community. These “Spotlight Missions” will appear on the Star Trek Online website and receive special attention within the game.