This week there has been an interesting development regarding Cryptic Studio’s upcoming Star Trek Online MMORPG. We can now see the first connection between IDW Comics and the Cryptic game. Plus Cryptic has started a new ‘Kobayashi Maru’ challenge on their forums and there are also a couple of new interviews to check out…see below for more details.
Cryptic IDW Synergy
[the following section has major SPOILERS from ‘Star Trek Countdown #1 comic]
TrekMovie has been advocating for the various licensees to do some coordination in their post-Nemesis storytelling. In past Cryptic ‘Path to 2409’ updates we had seen many references to the Pocket Books post-Nemesis novels, and this week we have seen the first connection between the game and IDW comic books. In "Star Trek Countdown #1" (see TM review) we see the appearance of Captain Data, and he is wearing a new uniform. That uniform is based on the new design for Starfleet uniforms for Star Trek Online (see comparison below). Also one has to wonder if the mention of the B-4 android in the recent ‘Path to 2409: 2384’ update may lead to ‘Captain Data’ seen a few years later in the Countdown comic series. [Thanks to Paul and Scott who sent in tips spotting the uniform connections]
New Starfleet uniforms via IDW comics (left) and Cryptic’s STO (right)
‘Kobayashi Maru’ challenge
This week on the official forums for Star Trek Online, Cyrptic has started a new feature where they ask the community to offer solutions to ‘nearly impossible scenarios’. Here is the first scenario:
You have been assigned to take refugees to Starbase 187 when you receive a distress signal from a medical ship ferrying critical supplies to Pacifica, which has been struck by a plague of unknown origin. When you reach the medical ship, you find that the ship is surrounded by two Gorn Cruisers and five Gorn frigates. The medical supplies must reach Pacifica, but not only are you carrying innocent civilians on your ship; you limited weapons capability.
Will you assist the medical ship that has medicine on board that may save thousands, or ensure the safety of your passengers? Choose quickly or all is lost!
How would you solve this scenario? Can you save both?
You can post your idea for a creative solution on the STO forums.
Here are a couple of other links to check out for STO this week:
‘meet the team’ update with executive producer Craig Zinkievich at startrekonline.com
Interview with community manager Nicole Hamlett at HailingFrequency.co.uk
Also a reminder that you have until January 29th to enter the ‘Planet Exploration Contest’ to win a guaranteed spot in the STO beta test.
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