'Star Trek Online' grapples with a space-time rip in new episode coming on May 9

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Star Trek Online: Unraveled drops onto PC on May 9, 2023. (Image credit: Gearbox Publishing/Cryptic Studios/CBS Studios Inc.)

Dive into the final frontier with a fresh episode from Star Trek Online.

The next major "Star Trek Online" (STO) content update, called "Unravelled", drops for PC on Monday (May 9). You can warp into the universe and read up on its latest updates on the official website.

STO, created by Cryptic Studios and Gearbox Publishing under license from CBS, is the largest existing free-to-play role-playing game linked with the franchise. As of 2022 it had a player base of over 2.5 million.

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The newest STO episode follows on from a long story arc in the mirror universe, which dominated much of the past year. The story will pick up with Admiral Kuumaarke leading your captain on a humanitarian scientific mission to stabilize the sun for the Na'khul civilization, which featured in several episodes of "Star Trek: Enterprise" (2001-05).

While helping the Na'khul, however, a discovery disrupts the work: Your captain will uncover a "transdimensional reality vortex is disrupting space-time throughout the multiverse," the official press release for the event states. As a result, your crew comes into conflict with the Tholians, a non-humanoid species first discussed in The Original Series.

The Tholians, the mission description continues, "reveal that constant use of time and dimensional travel has caused these vortices. Your captain is partly to blame." 

As you work to resolve this intergalactic conflict, you will receive new patrols and an update to a promotional set of items known as the Infinity Lock Box, among other benefits.

"Star Trek Online" is free to download as a base game (you can get it here), with in-game purchases and DLC available.

Elizabeth Howell is the co-author of "Why Am I Taller?" (ECW Press, 2022; with Canadian astronaut Dave Williams), a book about space medicine. Follow her on Twitter @howellspace. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.

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Elizabeth Howell
Staff Writer, Spaceflight

Elizabeth Howell (she/her), Ph.D., is a staff writer in the spaceflight channel since 2022 covering diversity, education and gaming as well. She was contributing writer for Space.com for 10 years before joining full-time. Elizabeth's reporting includes multiple exclusives with the White House and Office of the Vice-President of the United States, an exclusive conversation with aspiring space tourist (and NSYNC bassist) Lance Bass, speaking several times with the International Space Station, witnessing five human spaceflight launches on two continents, flying parabolic, 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 a Bachelor of History from Canada's Athabasca University. Elizabeth is also a post-secondary instructor in communications and science at several institutions since 2015; her experience includes developing and teaching an astronomy course at Canada's Algonquin College (with Indigenous content as well) to more than 1,000 students since 2020. 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