A release date has been announced for Star Trek Online’s second expansion, Delta Rising, as well as information involving more Voyager alum, ship details, and game mechanic updates. Get up to speed on what’s next for STO below.
STO Delta Rising Update
Cryptic has set the release date for the Delta Rising expansion for Star Trek Online; the update will launch on October 14th. As the name implies, the new expansion takes players into the Delta Quadrant, and along for the ride are most of the actors from Star Trek: Voyager: Robert Picardo, Jeri Ryan, Ethan Phillips, Tim Russ and Garrett Wang. The actors have been recording their voice work over the last week. Ryan and Picardo tweeted about their experience, and Christine Thompson from Cyrptic also shared an image of Wang’s recording session (see below).
Played the Doctor again today for STO. Like a fine wine,he's aging brilliantly: well structured,dry and a bit fruity. http://t.co/AadfadoDge
— Robert Picardo (@RobertPicardo) September 13, 2014
Spent my afternoon voicing Seven for @trekonlinegame. Gotta say, slipping back into that character after so long…? Like a comfy glove. :-)
— Jeri Ryan (@JeriLRyan) September 10, 2014
— Christine Thompson (@Cryptic_Kestrel) September 18, 2014
Delta Rising’s new ship class, Intelligence ships, were also detailed in a Cryptic dev blog describing the design efforts entailed in creating this new ship class.
“We had three goals in designing this ships: Visual language, where we defined a unique aesthetic language to communicate the idea of Intelligence; cohesion, where we applied this visual language to all Intelligence ships regardless of role, size, or faction; and fusion, where we had to achieve a blending of originality and familiarity,” states Cryptic’s dev blog. Detailed information on Intelligence ships can be found here.
Delta Rising will also allow players to upgrade their equipment, a first for the game. Players can take a lower-level gear item and upgrade it to the new Mark 13 and 14 gear level. The upgrade system will utilize new Basic, Improved, and Superior Tech Upgrade items; Basic Tech Upgrade items can be purchased from vendors on Earth Spacedock and Qo’nos, but players will have to craft Improved and Superior Tech Upgrades themselves, or buy them from the Exchange. More information on the Tech Upgrade system can be found here.
Also, new reputation system has been added, called New Delta Alliance Reputation. Captains who participate in Delta Rising’s new PvE queues, including the recently revealed Borg: Disconnected mission, will receive rewards exclusive to this reputation. This system compliments the similar existing reputation systems available to players. More information on the New Delta Alliance Reputation will be announced in the coming days.
Lastly, Cryptic just revealed the USS Dauntless Operations Pack. The USS Dauntless (which fans will recognized from the Voyager episode "Hope and Fear") will be one of the tier 6 starships available in the new Delta Rising expansion.
For more information on Delta Rising content, visit Cryptic’s list of dev blogs here.