Cryptic Studios have put out some info ahead of tomorrow's grand unveiling of... more info... In the release they explain how they have started Star Trek Online all over, not taking anything developed by Perpetual Entertainment.
Some things are the same though; the game is set sometime after the familiar 24th century series, and will span space and planet-side exploration. However there have been developments beyond that: Players will now start the game as captain of a small ship, either Federation or Klingon, and can play as a number of familiar Trek races, such as Klingons and Gorn, or make up their own species. As players explore the online galaxy they will be able to earn larger ships and more crew.
The makes promise the potential for space battles "reminiscent of "The Wrath of Khan" and the Dominion War in "Deep Space Nine"." But note, other than familiar landmarks such as the planets Vulcan, Bajor, Andor and Qo'noS, the universe will be different from what we've known before, with characters such as Kirk and Picard figures of the past, and the only potential Enterprise flying around being one of the next next generation.
Read the full release, here.