'Star Trek Online' and 'Neverwinter' join forces to help coronavirus relief efforts

Until May 28, all Star Trek Online captains can participate in the "Defense of Pahvo" event on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Until May 28, all Star Trek Online captains can participate in the "Defense of Pahvo" event on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. (Image credit: Arc Games)

Whether you're a starship captain or dungeon master, a new "Star Trek Online" and "Neverwinter" video game collaboration will let you join a mission to help those in need.

Head over to Groupees.com/PlayForACause (opens in new tab) to purchase in-game items such as outfits, vessels and a limited period of VIP access to your preferred game or games. All of the profits sent to the companies hosting these games — Perfect World Entertainment for "Star Trek Online (opens in new tab)," and Cryptic Studios for the "Dungeons & Dragons" iteration "Neverwinter (opens in new tab)" — will be split between two non-profit organizations.

Supported organizations include Pop Culture Hero Coalition (opens in new tab), an anti-bully organization led by Chase Masterson of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek Online,", and United Way (opens in new tab), a global nonprofit "focused on providing every person with education, health and financial stability," Perfect World said in a statement. (Trek fans will recognize Masterson as Leeta, a Bajoran Dabo girl.)

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And if you're looking for opportunity to deploy your skins and new ships, "Star Trek Online" definitely has you covered. Until May 28, all captains can participate in the "Defense of Pahvo" event on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Players will need to complete two task force operations missions (one in space, and one on the ground) to win a KIDD Drone Universal Kit.

To honor first responders to the novel coronavirus pandemic, "Star Trek Online" also is hosting a medical pack giveaway that includes a Vanity Shield, Holo Bashir Bridge Officer (Federation), Emergency Medical Hologram Bridge Officer (Klingon) and a new Admiralty card for the medical ship, the U.S.S. Hope. This giveaway is also available on PC and consoles as of May 7.

A screenshot of the "Defense of Pahvo" event on "Star Trek Online." (Image credit: Arc Games)

And sometime in the near future, "Star Trek Online" will release real-life models of the game's most epic starships, in partnership with Hero Collector. Pre-orders are available now (opens in new tab) for two ships: the Chimera-Class Heavy Destroyer and the Gagarin Miracle Worker Battlecruiser.

"Star Trek Online" continues a busy 2020 after releasing new content featuring Jeri Ryan ("Seven of Nine"), around the same time that Ryan starred in the new Trek series "Picard." 

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Elizabeth Howell
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Elizabeth Howell, Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022. She was contributing writer for Space.com (opens in new tab) for 10 years before that, since 2012. Elizabeth's reporting includes an exclusive with Office of the Vice-President of the United States, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, working inside a spacesuit, and participating in a simulated Mars mission. Her latest book, "Why Am I Taller?", is co-written with astronaut Dave Williams. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, a Bachelor of Journalism from Canada's Carleton University and (soon) a Bachelor of History from Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science since 2015. Elizabeth first got interested in space after watching the movie Apollo 13 in 1996, and still wants to be an astronaut someday. Mastodon: https://qoto.org/@howellspace