STO Update: Exec Producer Zinkievich Leaving Cryptic + Season 2 Promises Diplomacy + more July 1, 2010by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Star Trek Online , trackback
Today Craig Zinkievich, executive producer of Star Trek Online, surprised the STO community by announcing he is stepping down. More details on that and his replacement below, plus some welcome details on the upcoming Season 2 update and the latest STO links and community videos.
Zinkievich beams out – Stahl beams in
Today Star Trek Online’s Executive Producer Craig Zinkievich surprised the community by announcing that he is stepping aside. In a post on the official site titled "What you leave behind" Craig said he is "taking a break" after working at Cryptic for seven years. Craig, who has overseen the development of Star Trek Online over the last two years, says he plans to spend more time with his family, and it isn’t clear if or when he will be returning to Cryptic. Zinkievich also announced that "production superstar" Daniel Stahl will be taking over, tasked with "taking the MMO through the next phases of its life."
Season 2 promises diplomacy and more non-combat missions
In two weeks Cryptic is planning on rolling out "Season 2: Ancient Enemies" of Star Trek Online. This new update promises a lot of upgrades, such as ship interiors, but will also include something that many Star Trek fans have hoped for, which is expanded non-combat missions. In an interview with ZAM, Craig Zinkievich expanded on the plans:
ZAM: Let’s talk about Season Two. In our last Q&A, we learned that July’s update will introduce many of the often-requested "exploration and diplomacy" features that ‘Trek fans love, as well as "anthropology"-oriented missions. Since then, we’ve heard about the upcoming "Federation Diplomatic Corps;" is this the "gateway" or launching pad for all the diplomatic, exploration and anthropology missions we’ve been hearing about?
Zinkievich: Exactly. We’ve added a bunch more non-combat Episodes to STO, as well as the much asked for "First Contact" experience. The Federation Diplomatic Corps is the way to track your diplomatic "level" and to earn abilities and rewards based on how much of the non-combat content you’ve completed.
Go to zam.com to read the rest of the interview.
And here is a new screenshot from Season 2:
STOked: Community news & picking the right deflector dish
This week’s episode of the STOked video podcast takes a look latest news from the STO community, including Cryptic buying out a fan’s ideas for mini-games, plus they give tips on your deflector dish.
Hitchhiker’s Guide to STO: Khitomer Accord
Another good regular series of community videos about STO comes from the SancTuarY Wanderhome Guild with their regular "Hitchhiker’s Guide" series. The latest provides and overview and tips for the Khitimer Accord mission, which is useful for players and gives non-players and idea of what a complex STO mission is like.
More STO links
If you want to give Star Trek Online a go without buying it, you can play a demo of the game for an unlimited amount of time (with some restrictions) and includes the “Stranded in Space” mission. More info and demo download at startrekonline.com/demo
If you want to get into the 25th century and play Star Trek Online it is available at Amazon discounted currently for less than $27 (or $50 for the collectors edition), and that includes a one month subscription.