Star Trek Online celebrates First Contact day with some Steppenwolf

Go on a Magic Carpet Ride

If history turns out like Star Trek predicts, we’ll be meeting the Vulcans for the first time in about forty-six years, after the third or fourth World Wars. In the meantime, though, there’s Star Trek Online, which celebrated the future-anniversary of First Contact Day with a brand new event that also serves as the best use to date of a reference to the film Star Trek: First Contact

Players get to run around a virtual version of rural Montana collecting parts to conduct a reenactment of Zefram Cochrane’s famous launch of the Phoenix, humanity’s first faster-than-light ship. The kicker comes at the end, though, as players launch their replicas and the song “Magic Carpet Ride” plays, just like it did in the movie. Check out a clip of the relevant scene below. For their trouble, participating players also unlock a custom “rocket launch” novelty emote, and a “holo-emitter” that makes any shuttle they’re flying look like the Phoenix

Players looking for something a little more substantial can await the next content release coming later in April. Titled “Season 13: Escalation”, the free update promises more story missions, as well as a major rebalance of the game’s space combat aimed at leveling the PVP playing field, as well as introducing more “competitive co-op” content. 

Josh Tolentino
When not posting about Japanese games or Star Trek, Josh served as Managing Editor for Japanator. Now he mostly writes for Destructoid's buddies at Siliconera, but pops back in on occasion.