Atari announces incentives for those who want to go where no man’s gone before

Want guaranteed access to Star Trek Online‘s beta? Pre-order it; Publisher Atari has announced that all pre-orders will come with a code, allowing players to access the open beta which runs from January 12-16. Participating retailers also offer an Early Start Program that starts on January 29 and runs through the game’s launch on February 2 (Feb.5 in Europe), giving those who pre-order a slight time advantage.

In addition, certain retailers are offering exclusive in-game items which, depending on what you like, may make things somewhat difficult. Want the original USS Enterprise from the original series? Pre-order from GameStop. How about a Borg for a bridge officer? Amazon’s your guy. Check all the details on these and other items below.

As far as we can tell this all goes for North America only. We’ve contacted Atari to see if other regions can expect similar announcements.

GameStop customers receive the ability to command the exclusive and always classic USS Enterprise from Star Trek The Original Series.

Best Buy is offering their customers a fun in-game pet. As a Federation Captain, players own a famed Tribble of Star Trek lore that will accompany them on their travels into the final frontier. As a Klingon commander, players control the boar-like Targ, a beast found on the Klingon home world of Qo’noS.

Amazon is 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.

With the Wal-Mart Bonus Skill Points package, receive addition skill points that enable players to improve their characters quickly.

Target customers who pre-order Star Trek Online receive a unique ground weapon – a TR-116. This rare projectile weapon is used in dampening fields and other challenging environments; it is also 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.

Direct2Drive customers receive an exclusive Multi-Spatial Personal Shield. This advanced personal shield system is based on Borg technology, which constantly regenerates itself and the health of its wearer.

STEAM is offering customers Chromodynamic Armor. This armor is based on technology brought back from the Delta Quadrant by U.S.S. Voyager improves the damage and critical hits of energy weapons.