When Leonard Nimoy passed away last Friday, players of Star Trek Online flooded the Vulcan social planet in the game and filled up more than 20 instances. In STO, then an instance reaches the max number of players another is spawned, and as each one can hold a fairly decent number of players that means a lot of people were paying their respects.
Now the game will have a permanent memorial to Nimoy (who did voice Spock in the game) as the executive producer announced on the forums:
I want to once again express my heartfelt condolences to the friends, family, and fans of Leonard Nimoy. Everyone at Cryptic Studios was saddened to hear of his passing and we want to make sure we never forget the cultural impact of the man or the character he played. To that end, the Star Trek Online team will implement a standing in-game memorial to Spock and Leonard Nimoy this Thursday March 5th with our regular weekly maintenance.
In this way, we hope to keep his memory as alive in our game as he is in all of our hearts.
Having it up this Thursday is a pretty quick turnaround and it’s likely that it’ll appear on Vulcan. Star Trek Online is free to play, so everyone can download the game and check it out after the maintenance.