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Atari and Cryptic are really pulling out all the stops when it comes to pre orders for the highly anticipated MMORPG Star Trek Online. In addition to offering exclusive benefits at no fewer than seven different retailers, they also recently announced the existence of a Digital Deluxe Edition of the game. This version, which retails for ten dollars more than the standard version ($59.99), will only be available for download and cannot be purchased at any brick and mortar retailer.
The Digital Deluxe Edition comes with some pretty sweet bonuses, so anyone thinking of pre-ordering the game may very well want to consider ponying up the extra ten bucks. These extras seem more than worth the extra cash.
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Many of the retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses are items that are only really useful during your character's lower levels. Many of the Digital Deluxe benefits, however, seem to be beneficial throughout your character's career.
Players who dig the sixties-style uniforms worn by the crew in The Original Series will be stoked to see that these unique outfits have been included in the Digital Deluxe Edition of the game. A Cryptic representative has confirmed that the female uniforms will include mini-skirts, as well.
While we're on the subject of The Original Series, fans of the movies, specifically Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, will be pleased to learn that an exclusive "KHAAAANNN!!" emote is also included in the DDE. Now, online captains can express their frustration Shatner-style.
Another emote that is only available through the DDE is the Klingon Blood Wine Toast, enabling your avatar to interact with other players like a Klingon.
The final character bonus to the DDE is the "Joined Trill" race option. Players can create "Joined Trill" characters that posses several lifetimes' worth of experiences, giving player characters a bonus to five different skills, owing to their partnership with the symbiote.
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Your character is not the only thing that will be receiving boosts thanks to the Star Trek Online Digital Deluxe Edition. In the Star Trek universe, the ships are every bit as important as the people who live on them. Accordingly, there are a couple sweet ship-based bonuses.
The Automated Defense Battery is an item that is equipped in your ship's tactical module slot. It gives any ship a passive, 360-degree attack power with a short range.
Perhaps the coolest bonus in the package, though, is the unique "NX" ship prefix. This unique designation will apply to all ships on the DDE account. Very few ships in federation history (the Defiant, for one), have borne this designation, and it is sure to distinguish your personal ship from the countless others in Starfleet.
Currently, you can pre order the Star Trek Online Digital Deluxe Edition from Direct2Drive and from Atari.com. It shouldn't be too long before it is available at other online retailers offering digital downloads, as well. When you pre-order from a retailer offering an exclusive bonus, you get their pre-order gift in addition to all the great DDE features.