STO Update: New Fighter Ships + Season 4 Details May 20, 2011by Anthony Pascale , Filed under: Star Trek Online , trackback
While there has been some concern regarding the sale of Cryptic announced earlier this week, the Star Trek Online game developers continue to move forward with new additions to the game. This week they added new fighters, check out a video feature on those below. Plus STO’s Executive Producer has outlined plans for July’s Season 4 and offered more encouragement about the future of the game.
New STO Fighters & New Foundry Spotlight Mission
Star Trek Online has added new "fighter" craft for both The Federation and The Klingons. This video outlines the Peregrine (UFP) and To’Duj (Kling) fighters.
There is also a new player created Foundry Mission Spotlight video, for Netherblood’s Sins of the Son for the Klingon Faction.
STO Exec Producer: Moving forward to Season 4 + STO "not going anywhere"
Earlier this week news that Atari was putting STO developer Cryptic up for sale has raised some concerns amongst players. However, all indications are things are progressing as planned, which means that Cryptic continues to be focused on their next big release (Season 4) coming in July. In an Engineering Report earlier this week, STO producer Dan Stahl outlined in detail what players can expect, with a special emphasis on improving ground combat, noting "One of the biggest changes coming to the game is the reworking and rebalancing of nearly every ground weapon and kit power in the game." STO is also adding a new "duty officer system" and a voice chat system allowing players to communicate with each other using headsets.
More details and additional new features can be found in the full Engineering Report, including details on things Cryptic is looking at in the future such as adding the Romulan faction.
In addition, in a later comment on the STO forums, Stahl offered this encouragement for the future:
Don’t let the news or other worries get you down. STO is doing very well as a game and I’m not going anywhere and the team is rock solid behind making this game more awesome every day.
Thank you to everyone who gives us credit across the web for continuing to improve this game. We are still going strong and have high hopes that by anniversary year 2 – you’ll be saying that the game has improved yet again since even year 1.
STOked: Rumor Smashing & Al Rivera interview
Here is the latest episode of the leading STO podcast STOked.