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    State of the Game: Jan. 2013

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    State of the Game: Jan. 2013

    Post by Pyriel32 on Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:09 pm

    Greetings, and Happy New Year Star Trek Online!

    As STO expands into its fourth year, let’s celebrate by reflecting on the accomplishments of the last year and by looking forward to the exciting expansion of the game approaching on the horizon.

    As Executive Producer, it is my personal joy to share with you the successes of this last year, and my responsibility to acknowledge where we have improved and where we still have need of improvement. Every year has brought its own triumphs and challenges for the game and the development staff, but the continued devotion from fans and the steady achievements made by the team have yielded another year of Star Trek Online that is better than the last.

    After 3 Years, Star Trek Online continues to deliver new missions, new features, and strange new worlds. Together as developers, players, and Foundry authors, we are expanding and enriching the Star Trek experience. With a robust player-to-player economy and a game design that empathizes alternative ways to earn premium items through gameplay, we are proud that industry game sites like Massively and Gamespy have recently recognized Star Trek Online as one of the most player friendly free-to-play games. We were also honored that the MMORPG Center acknowledged Star Trek Online as the Best Free MMORPG of the year.

    Thanks to your support, the game continues to grow. You may have noticed that more than 2 million Captains are continuing their voyages in Star Trek Online. With sustained increases in daily participation, the game is richer and more alive than ever before. All of the development, advancement, and improvements over the last year are once again thanks to the feedback you provide and the tireless staff that pour their life into this work. What started as a labor of love with improbable deadlines grew into a passion that has yielded remarkable results.

    Here are some of our favorite moments of the last year:

    Converting what was once a subscription-only game into a hybrid game that allows both subscribers and free players the opportunity to experience everything in the game.
    Appearing for the first time as a panel at the Official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
    Building relationships and sharing stories with the official Star Trek website and Star Trek Magazine.
    Unveiling the fan designed Odyssey Class starship by Adam Ilhe, winner of the Design the Next Enterprise contest. This included introducing the new crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise, 1701-F.
    Answering the question of what happened to the Dominion Fleet in “The 2800” Feature Episode series. This included new zones like Bajor, a maximum security prison, and the Gamma Quadrant.
    Allowing captains to don EV Suits and perform missions in the vacuum of space or in hostile environments.
    Celebrating First Contact Day and opening up the Utopia Planetia starship facilities to visitors for the first time.
    Creating our first small-craft event in the Vault and implementing a way to select a “default” small craft for missions like these.
    Adding more mini-games, like Dilithium Mining or the Radiation Scan.
    Adding more Klingon faction enhancements like the Bortasqu’ War Cruiser, unique Klingon Starbase designs, and the “Alpha” Episode.
    Introduction of the Tholians, along with their secret bases at Nukara and the Azure Nebula.
    Our first major update for Fleets, allowing them to have advancement and the ability to construct Starbase and Embassy holdings where missions and rewards can be earned.
    Finally unveiling the Borg Queen in the Borg STF finale, “Into the Hive.”
    All the new Events, like “Starbase Incursion,” “Colony Rescue,” “Azure Nebula Rescue,” and many others that provide fun, multiplayer gameplay challenges to max-level captains.
    The Reputation system, which allows max-level players the ability to earn and choose new power and abilities for their Captains.
    The massive New Romulus adventure zone and the new Tau Dewa sector, in addition to the way that the story on the planet evolves as players progress relations with these new allies.
    The return of Q and the improvement he made to the Winter Event with all the holiday joy he could muster.
    The ever growing list of starships, like the Vesta, the Cardassian Galor Class, the Ferengi D’Kora Maurader, the Tholian Orb Weaver, the Breen Chel Grett Warship, and countless other starships that allow players to fly their favorite ship from Star Trek.
    Finally making the Foundry Spotlight Missions officially recognized in game.
    As well as the many little things that aren’t in the list above that also contributed to the great year we had together.
    We accomplished a lot, but there’s still a long way to go and many improvements needed and old bugs to squash before we can be satisfied that we’ve built the best Star Trek game ever. We steadily improve and, if anything, our appetite to advance the game has only grown as we move forward into 2013.

    In the coming months, we will begin to reveal our vision for the future. We’ll discuss and preview new adventures, new enemies, new events, and even more surprises that will define the roadmap for the years to come. We’ll answer some long standing questions about how we view existing and future factions in the game, and we’ll give details about how we plan to advance the overall storyline and resolve outstanding issues in the game. With the full effort of the development staff cranking it to Warp 9 (even moving to a 6 day work week!) this is poised to be the best year of Star Trek Online yet.

    ENGAGE!

    And now, as part of our upcoming anniversary celebration, we are pleased to announce that we’ll be releasing a special Feature Episode this Thursday – we’ll be sharing exciting details about it with you in tomorrow’s Dev Blog. All players who complete the new episode between Jan 31st and Feb 14th will receive a free Ambassador Class (Fed) or Kamarag Class (KDF) starship as a reward. You won’t want to miss out! This is going to be fun.

    So, join us in-game and have a good time celebrating 3 Years of Star Trek Online.

    May we all Live Long and Prosper,

    Daniel Stahl
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    Re: State of the Game: Jan. 2013

    Post by Lastline on Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:12 am

    I thought it was kinda funny that as they released this the launcher was busted!


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    Re: State of the Game: Jan. 2013

    Post by Pyriel32 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:06 pm

    lol yeah i finally got on around 3 am this morning.

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    Re: State of the Game: Jan. 2013

    Post by Lastline on Tue Jan 29, 2013 5:22 pm

    And its busted agian!


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    Re: State of the Game: Jan. 2013

    Post by james1493 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:32 pm

    will the ships be any good, or does anyone know?


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    Re: State of the Game: Jan. 2013

    Post by verbena on Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:30 pm

    james1493 wrote:will the ships be any good, or does anyone know?

    The anniversary ships? I haven't seen stats anywhere yet. There's actually supposed to be two versions of each, a tier 3 and a tier 5. I'm sure they'll be on par with other ships of their tier, but the exact layout is still unknown.

    The fed ship is a cruiser. From the picture that was released, the klingon looks to be a battlecruiser. Looks like a D7 with a snazzy paint job.

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    Re: State of the Game: Jan. 2013

    Post by Lastline on Wed Jan 30, 2013 7:05 am

    The Fed ship is going to be the Ambassador class. That was the NCC-1701C from "TNG:Yesterdays Enterprise. If it anything like the free odessey they gave us last year, than i'm not excited.


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    Re: State of the Game: Jan. 2013

    Post by verbena on Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:11 pm

    Let there be stats!

    Support Cruiser – Ambassador Class

    The U.S.S. Enterprise (NCC-1701-C) was the most famous Ambassador class starship ever commissioned by Starfleet. It was destroyed in battle in 2344 while protecting the Klingon colony on Narendra III from a Romulan attack, and all hands were presumed to be killed in action. This valorous sacrifice bought the Federation several decades of peace with the Klingon Empire.

    Ambassador class vessels were later used in the Battle of Wolf 359 and throughout the Dominion War.
    Faction: Federation
    Rank Required: Commander
    Availability: Mission Reward
    Hull Strength: 27,000
    Shield Modifier: 1.0
    Crew: 700
    Weapons: 3 Fore, 3 Aft
    Device Slots: 4
    Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Commander Engineering, 1 Ensign Science
    Console Modifications: 1 Tactical, 3 Engineering, 1 Science
    Base Turn Rate: 7 degrees per second
    Impulse Modifier: 0.15
    +5 to All Subsystem Power

    Support Cruiser Retrofit – Ambassador Class

    This classic Ambassador Class Cruiser has been retrofitted with the latest in Federation technology.
    Faction: Federation
    Rank Required: Rear Admiral, Lower Half
    Availability: Mission Reward (Limited Time)
    Hull Strength: 39,500
    Shield Modifier: 1.0
    Crew: 700
    Weapons: 4 Fore, 4 Aft
    Device Slots: 4
    Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Tactical, 1 Ensign Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Commander Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Commander Science
    Console Modifications: 3 Tactical, 4 Engineering, 2 Science
    Base Turn Rate: 7 degrees per second
    Impulse Modifier: 0.15
    +5 to All Subsystem Power

    Kamarag Battle Cruiser

    The Kamarag class was first designed in the mid-24th century, but only a few prototype vessels were built. After problems were found in the ship's power transfer systems, the design was shelved. Empire engineers later created the mighty Vor'cha battle cruiser.

    Now that the Klingon Empire and its allies are looking for new ships, a team at the Ty'Gokor shipyards has revisited the Kamarag class. Its power problems were easily solved by modern EPS systems, and the Kamarag was reimagined as a mid-sized vessel that can be tougher than a Bird-of-Prey but more maneuverable than a Battle Cruiser.
    Faction: Klingon
    Rank Required: Commander
    Availability: Mission Reward
    Hull Strength: 24,000
    Shield Modifier: 1.0
    Crew: 700
    Weapons: 4 Fore, 2 Aft
    Device Slots: 3
    Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Commander Engineering, 1 Ensign Science
    Console Modifications: 1 Tactical, 3 Engineering, 1 Science
    Base Turn Rate: 10.5 degrees per second
    Impulse Modifier: 0.15
    +10 Weapon Power, +10 Engine Power
    Cloaking Device

    Kamarag Battle Cruiser Retrofit

    The classic Kamarag Battle Cruiser has been retrofitted with the latest technology available to the Klingon Empire.
    Faction: Klingon
    Rank Required: Brigadier General
    Availability: Mission Reward (Limited Time)
    Hull Strength: 35,000
    Shield Modifier: 1.0
    Crew: 700
    Weapons: 4 Fore, 4 Aft
    Device Slots: 3
    Bridge Officer Stations: 1 Lieutenant Tactical, 1 Ensign Tactical, 1 Lieutenant Engineering, 1 Commander Engineering, 1 Lieutenant Commander Science
    Console Modifications: 3 Tactical, 4 Engineering, 2 Science
    Base Turn Rate: 10.5 degrees per second
    Impulse Modifier: 0.15
    +10 Weapon Power, +10 Engine Power
    Cloaking Device

    NOTE: The above stats for all ships are subject to change.

    They copied the console/boff layout from one to the other, but the feds kinda get screwed over. They lose 3.5 off their turn rate, plus the klingons get a cloak. The battlecruisers don't say anything about dual cannons, but if they can't fit them then that'd be pretty odd. All the other battlecruisers can. On the other hand, if they can and the fed cruiser can't then that's just another way the fed version's inferior.

    I kinda like that boff layout... It allows for a bit of tactical power, but you can also fit both eject warp plasma and gravity well on the same ship. That's a lot of good crowd control. With a lt. and a commander engineering boff, that's a lot of tanking too.

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    Re: State of the Game: Jan. 2013

    Post by Pyriel32 on Wed Jan 30, 2013 11:57 pm



    Embassy Featured Project #3



    With the launch of Season 7, fleets gained the opportunity to court the colonists of New Romulus by establishing an Embassy outpost. Similar to Fleet Starbases, from time to time, special projects will become available for fleet’s Embassies. Completion of these special projects will unlock new features to give your embassy more customization and added aesthetics that are akin to the surroundings of New Romulus and its people. Be quick, though – when a special project becomes available, it will only be around for a limited time; you must start the project before the end of the feature. Once you’ve started the project, you can keep working on it until it’s finished, even if the special event ends. As with Starbases, you can only work on one special project at a time, so act fast!

    Our next special feature is, "Added Elegance." As construction of the new capital city continues on New Romulus, embassies are also being upgraded to provide more comfortable and peaceful atmospheres. While there is much to do, stopping to relax and watch the fish swim by from a comfy spot is good for both Klingon warriors and Federation officers once in a while.

    Completing this project will add enhancements to your Fleet Embassy on New Romulus. The stairway sections of the embassy will be enhanced with fish tanks and seating areas. This special project will be available around 10AM PST on January 31, 2013, until around 10AM PST on February 14, 2013.



    Keep checking back to see what’s next on the special project list! We hope you are enjoying Season 7: New Romulus and we’ll see you in-game!

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