Earlier this week TrekMovie reported on Cryptic Studio’s Star Trek Las Vegas Con panel announcement of "Delta Rising," Star Trek Online’s second expansion pack. TrekMovie has now spoken exclusively with Cryptic’s Lead Designer Al Rivera about the new expansion, providing us with more details. We also have high resolution images from "Delta Rising" and video clips of the Vegas panel. Get all the Delta Quadrant goodies below.
Cryptic’s Al Rivera Talks To TrekMovie About STO’s ‘Delta Rising’ Expansion
Cryptic-developed Star Trek Online is set to receive its second expansion, ""Delta Rising," which thrusts players of the Star Trek Online massive multiplayer game into the Delta Quadrant. Numerous species and characters first seen in Star Trek: Voyager will make an appearance. The expansion will include new characters, Voyager alumni appearances, new high-tier classes of starships and equipment, an increased level cap, and numerous story missions that continue Season 9’s story.
The "Delta Rising" expansion is set 30 years following the events of Star Trek: Voyager. Players will be able to "explore the unkowns of the Delta Quadrant." Players will be able to access the Delta Quadrant via a portal discovered inside a Dyson Sphere. Some of the races races seen in "Delta Rising" include Talaxians, the Ocampa, The Malon, The Hierarchy, Automated Personal Units (APUs), and those nasty Kazon.
The expansion, due in October, will continue the story begun in Season 8: "The Sphere" and Season 9: "A New Accord," focusing around the Alpha Quadrant species facing Species 8472. The expansion will also include new ships and equipment, an expansive, explorable Delta Quadrant, and Voyager alumni guest appearances.
“One of the Voyager alumni you’ll see in "Delta Rising" is Garrett Wang, who plays Harry Kim,” said Al Rivera, lead Star Trek Online designer tells TrekMovie "This [along with other "Delta Rising" content] helps the entire experience feel like you’re in an episode of Voyager.”
Along with Wang, Tim Russ will return as Tuvok, a role he reprised in Season 8 and Season 9. According to Rivera, other Voyager alumni are said to reprise their role, as well, and those will be announced as they get closer to launch.
"Delta Rising" features an increased level cap to 60, from the previous maximum of 50, allowing players to further level up their character with new skills and abilities. This change (the first increase in over four years) is a result of the sheer amount of new "Delta Rising" content players will experience. Captains past level 50 will be allowed to train in specializations which will provide new skills.
“Raising the level cap is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time. It is a pretty major endeavor,” said Rivera. “With so much content in ""Delta Rising," we figured it was a good time to rise the maximum level.”
"Delta Rising" content is available only to those who reach level 50. Players will utilize new captain advancement systems to improve their character after level 50, although these system’s details are still under wraps.
A new Tier 6 starship class accompanies the increased level cap, as well, including a new Federation escort, but Rivera states there are more unannounced ships across all three factions, some of which are part of a new sub-class. The new ships will feature "new capabilities" and promise to be "more powerful" than current ships.
“Compared to the Tier 5 starships, the difference in Tier 6 starship power is much like the difference between Tier 4 and Tier 5,” said Rivera. “But they are going to have some new features and a unique bridge officer class.”
“’Delta Rising’s’ size is certainly on par with The Legacy of Romulus expansion,” said Rivera, referencing Star Trek Online’s 2013 expansion, which added 30 new Romulan-focused levels. “While we only have 10 new levels of content in ""Delta Rising," we’ve spent a lot more time adding new systems; this expansion is more focused on end-game content.”
"Delta Rising’s" story content will be accompanied by new PvE queues and adventure zones, although these details are still classified. There will be no new PvP content in "Delta Rising". Cryptic promises more information about new starships, characters, and equipment leading up to the expansion’s October release.
Clips from STLV panel
Cryptic has also just released this video with some clips of their Star Trek Las Vegas Con "Delta Rising" panel.
You can learn more about Star Trek Online and start playing (for free) at www.startrekonline.com. TrekMovie will have more updates on "Delta Rising" as they become available.