The Star Trek Convention in Vegas saw the announcement of Star Trek Online’s next expansion – "Delta Rising," and as the name implies it will take players into the Delta Quadrant – complete with some voice talent from Star Trek: Voyager. Details and first images below, plus a wrap-up of other merchandise news announced at different panels (besides previously covered TNG S7 Blu-ray panel), including the new jewelry licensee RockLove.
UPDATE: Some new images from panel have been added. TrekMovie will do separate article showing off previews of “Delta Rising” later this week.
Star Trek Online Announces "Delta Rising" Expansion
Cryptic Studios held a panel at Star Trek Las Vegas Con to announce and preview their second major expansion of the game (following last year’s "Legacy of Romulus" expansion). This time they are headed to the Delta Quadrant with "Delta Rising." Cryptic’s lead designer for Star Trek Online Al Rivera described the new expansion saying:
Star Trek Online takes place in the year 2410 which is about 32 years since Voyager returned home. A lot has happened since then. We wanted to tell the story about what has happened to all our friends and all our enemies and what effects the Voyager have on the Delta Quadrant in it’s seven year journey
Star Trek Voyager star Tim Russ (who was part of the Romulan expansion) will return to reprise his role as Tuvok for "Delta Rising." Cryptic also promised "several more" Voyager stars will be doing voice work. The only one revealed at STLV was Garrett Wang, who will reprise his role as Harry Kim.
Set to be released in October, the "Delta Rising" expansion promises to include a number of new races including Telaxians, Ocampans, Kazon, Hierarchy, Malon, APUs (Automated Personal Units), and more.
The devs also announced they are going to raise the level cap in the game from 50 to 60 which will create new ranks of Fleet Admiral for Federation faction players and Dahar Master for the Klingon faction. In addition there will be a new Captain advancement system with "new powers for ground and space." There will also new ‘tier six’ ships, which will also introduce a new class of bridge officer.
Here are some more preview images shown of "Delta Rising."
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compiled by Jared Whitley, Brian Drew, and Kayla Iacovino
CBS Announces RockLove Star Trek Jewelry + No Plans For More Hasbro
At STLV, CBS Executive John Van Citters held his regular “Star Trek Treasures” panel on recent and upcoming Trek products. Almost all of what he talked about were things previously announced and reported here at TrekMovie.com including the Borg Cube Mini-Fridge, Phaser Universal Remote, Fun With Kirk and Spock Book, Star Trek Pop-ups book, Star Trek/Planet of the Apes Comic Crossover, and the Eaglemoss Ship Collection.
Van Citters did add a couple of tidbits about some of the previously announced Star Trek items. The current plan is to do 90 total ships with Eaglemoss (instead of the original plan of 50). He also went into great detail on the ThinkGeek Universal Phaser remote proclaiming it to be the “best phaser replica ever made” down to the right weight and feel (due to it being based on last hero phaser prop).
The only new licensee mentioned was RockLove Jewelry who will be producing new Star Trek jewelry for both men and women. The only specifics so far were a phaser necklace and an Enterprise ring (pictured below). There are no details on the RockLove site yet, but you can see the work they have done for other licensed products including "Vikings." TrekMovie will provide an update on Rock Love when they are ready to reveal their Trek line (possibly in October).
During the Q&A section Van Citters said that CBS "would love" to do an officially licensed Risan Horga’hn statue and it has been discussed but it has "not risen to the top of the pile" of priorities." He also noted that there are "no plans to do more with Hasbro," who released a series of Star Trek "KRE-O" products in conjunction with the release of Star Trek Into Darkness in 2013.
Star Trek Timelines Introduces Themselves
Executives at Disruptor Beam, the game production company that produced Game of Thrones: Ascent, gave a discussion on their forthcoming browser-based game Star Trek: Timelines. They didn’t have any images of the game to reveal, but they did show a few images of their planet-creation system and promised to release the game in 2015. Their major selling point for the game is that, because the various Star Trek timelines will be merged somehow, you’ll be able to make a crew with any character from any series (not including the new movie universe).
These are the Voyages Season 3 Due in November
One last merchandise tidbit came during the Geek Magazine "Cage to Darkness" panel when author Marc Cushman announced that the third and final volume of his award-winning "These Are The Voyages" book series is due in November. Each book has focused on a behind the scenes look at single season of the original Star Trek.
Season 3 book due in November
More to come
TrekMovie has even more STLV coverage with our final Sunday wrap-up, including William Shatner.
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