Namco Bandai have announced the pre-order incentives for its MMO Star Trek Online. Depending on your choice of retailer you can get special in-game items ranging from weapons to helpful NPC's.
"Everyone who pre-orders the game will be entitled to take part in the Open Beta test from January 12th to January 26th and subsequently, the Early Start program running from January 29th through until launch on February 2nd."
A list of retailers offering pre-order content:
Game customers who pre-order Star Trek Online receive a unique ground weapon - the TR-116 rifle. This rare projectile weapon is used in dampening fields and other challenging environments; it is modified with a micro-transporter which beams the fired projectiles to targets at close range so that a user can fire without a direct line of site. Deep Space 9's Science Officer Chu'lak used the weapon with murderous intent in the episode 'Field of Fire'.
Fans of Star Trek: Voyager and in particular, fans of 'Seven of Nine' will enjoy Amazon's offering: an exclusive "Liberated Borg" Bridge Officer. This bridge officer, who comes with unique nanotechnology augmentations, assists in missions and gains experience as the player does.
Gamestation customers will receive a short-range auxiliary 'Starfleet Shuttle' used for personnel transport and small cargos. The shuttlecraft have limited warp capacity.
If you're looking to improve your Bat'leth proficiency or other skills quickly, pre-order with Play.com who will be rewarding customers with additional skill points for faster in-game progression.
HMV is rolling out the Star Trek equivalent of the cuddly toy on the rewards conveyor with a unique in-game pet. As a Federation Captain, players will own a Tribble to keep them company on their travels while Klingon commanders will receive a boar-like Targ, a violent and destructive beast native to the Klingon home world of Qo'noS.
If you've ever fancied sitting in the iconic chair of Captain James T. Kirk, Gamestop is the retailer for you offering the original USS Enterprise as the rewards for pre-ordering.
Various independent retailers around the country will be also be replicating micro-transaction points to be spent in game. Check with your local store for details.