Star Trek Online News
Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment have announced that the largest content expansion for Star Trek Online since release will be headed to players on May 21st. Called "Legacy of Romulus", the expansion will enable the Romulan playable faction in the game along with much more.
This will be the largest Star Trek Online expansion since launch and will feature the Romulans as a playable faction for the first time ever. In addition to the new Romulan Republic faction, players will have a chance to take command of mighty Warbird Class starships. Denise Crosby also returns to reprise her role as Empress Sela for die-hard Trekkies
Check out the new expansion teaser site on the Star Trek Online main site.
Cryptic Studios has announced that beginning February 14th, Yamaguchi and K’maj fleet ships will be available for players that have acquired a Tier 3 Shipyard, and will cost 20,000 Fleet Credits and five Fleet Modules to obtain.
The Yamaguchi variant of the Ambassador Class Cruiser has been specifically designed to support your Fleet. Fleet Starships are built to the highest standard and have increased Hull Hit Points, Shield Strength and an additional Console slot. In comparison to its non-Fleet counterpart, it boasts a Lieutenant Universal station, in lieu of a Lieutenant Engineering station, and an additional Science Console slot.
Find out more on the Star Trek Online site.
The Star Trek Online site has been updated with the November edition of the State of the Game letter penned by Executive Producer Dan Stahl. The letter is jam packed with tons of exciting news including the impending arrival of Season 7: New Romulus, a new zone that allows players to assist Romulan leader D’Tan.
- Designed for max-level captains of both the Federation or Klingon Empire
- Zone challenges balanced for captains plus one away team member
- Earn Reputation tier to unlock full away-team missions to help uncover the planet’s troubled past
- Area events provide quick Reputation gains for cooperative groups
- Obtain new special rewards and gear sets as a benefit for aiding the people of New Romulus
Read the full letter on the Star Trek Online site.
Thanks, Rohn, for the tip!
Star Trek Online Executive Producer Dan Stahl has published the latest edition of the State of the Game. In it, Stahl discusses what the team has accomplished in the last six months as well as gives reader and players a peek ahead at what the priorities are for the upcoming six months.
Here are some of the things we’re working on for the next 6 months:
- New Personal Advancement System with Reputation based personal projects
- New Embassy Fleet Holding with related projects and rewards
- Several new 5 and 20 man Fleet Events some of which are cross-faction team-able
- New Max Level Sector with Daily Patrols
- New Romulan Colony "Adventure Zone" – our biggest to date – includes BOFF gameplay
- Into the Hive STF – Finally fight the Borg Queen
- New Ships including the Vesta class
- New Duty Officer Pack
- New Loot
- New Foundry Spotlight feature
- New Foundry assets
- UI improvements including the Queues
- Updated Winter Event
- 3 Year Anniversary Event
Read the full letter on the Star Trek Online site.
Thanks to Rohn for the tip!
Star Trek Online players will want to check back into the game to experience the massive changes that have arrived with Season 6: Under Siege. The new content brings a bunch of new features into the game including the ability for fleets to construct Starbases. In addition, there is new high level content and big Foundry updates as well.
Fleets construct their own Fleet Holdings with Starbases. Fleet Officers assign specific Fleet Projects for members to carry out in order to build their Starbase and master three specialization tracks: Military, Engineering, and Science.
Fleets can also improve Starbase specialization through five tiers of design, unlocking new Fleet Projects to earn more Fleet experience points and rewards. Functionality items to Starbases include Transwarp gates that allow for rapid access to different sectors.
Read more about the changes on the Star Trek Online site.
In the latest entry into the Star Trek Online blog series, "The Road to F2P", starships are detailed. The blog post starts with the announcement that the Tribble test server is "experimenting with some line-up changes to the starships for both the Federation and Klingon Defense Force."
Not only are existing starships being overhauled, but the team has revealed that new ships will be launched on Tribble over the next several weeks. The article also features a handy dandy chart laying out available ships for each character level.
Read the full starship report on the Star Trek Online site.
The latest "Path to Free to Play" blog post on the Star Trek Online site deals with a new feature introduced on the Tribble PTS: Dilithium.
Dilithium is now a new form of currency for players to collect. Dilithium can be earned through "ranking up" in level. Each level gained yields a cache of refined dilithium. In addition, there are several ways that players can earn dilithium ore which can be refined at a later point.
The blog post also goes into some detail about the sorts of things that dilithium can be spent on.
Read the entire blog post on the Star Trek Online site.
Thanks to Piasek for the tip!
The Star Trek Online blog has been updated with three new entries into the "Path to Free to Play" series.
- STO's Executive Producer Stephen D'Angelo talks about upcoming changes to the Mission Journal
- Senior Systems Designer Geoff “Heretic” Tuffli talks about a new feature coming with the F2P version, "The Duty Officer"
- Executive Producer Stephen D'Angelo writes about the new rewards system being put into place on the Tribble test server
There's a lot of reading about changes coming to Star Trek Online so head to any (or all!) of the links above for more!
Managing Editor Bill Murphy is finally going where lots of men (and women!) have gone before. He's taking the plunge into Star Trek Online to see for himself what the game is all about. As Bill says, "you either love it for what it is, or hate it for what it isn’t." Find out where Bill landed in his latest article for MMORPG.com. Let us know which side of the spectrum you land on in the comments.
I’ve never really put much time into Cryptic’s Star Trek Online. I dabbled here or there, but when the game launched it was Jon Wood who fell in love with the title, and I was busy writing other stuff on the site. Now, with the recent changes to ground combat, and the future move to F2P I decided that it might finally be a good time to take a look and see what all the fuss is about.
Read more of Bill Murphy's Star Trek Online: A Noob’s First Impressions.
The Star Trek Online team has a new developer blog on the official site designed to give players an inside look at the transition from a subscription-based game to a free to play title.
The first installment of the blog deals with the new test server, Red Shirt, and the change in status of the old test server, Tribble. Tribble will now be a place for subscribers to check out "all the exciting changes coming in our free-to-play re-launch of the game."
According to the blog post, Tribble is slated to reopen today.
Read the full blog post on the Star Trek Online site.