The second biggest Trek project behind the new Star Trek movie is the massive multiplayer role playing game, Star Trek Online. Over the summer this game was taken over by award winning game-maker Cryptic Studios who hope to release it in late 2009. This week they have released some new information and screenshots on this exciting new Star Trek game.
There was also an update we missed last month that included three new images including one showing character customization.
All screenshots in large sizes can be seen at the STO Gallery.
New game details
This week Cryptic has also added a new ‘ask Cryptic’ giving over new details on how the game will work
From the November update:
Q: Can you provide us with any new information regarding shield/weapons systems? For example, will both shields and weapons drain power from the main power supply, and if so, will the main power supply "recharge" gradually over time, or will it be a more instantaneous recharge?
We’re not using anything like a traditional MMO “mana bar” for energy. Your ship’s Warp Core provides power, and you allocate this power to individual systems – shields, weapons, propulsion, etc. But you won’t “run out” of energy and have to wait to fire phasers. That’s not fun. The more power you allocate to weapons, the more effective your phasers become.
A lot more at startreklonline.com
And again there was one in October with even more details
Q: How will melee weapons be used in the game, if Klingons have them will the Federation have access to the same weapons or their own?
A: Klingons will be more melee-oriented, but both factions will have access to hand-to-hand attacks using either martial arts or weapons. Our plan is to allow all of the melee weapons to be available to both factions, but it may be more difficult for a Federation character to obtain a bat’leth or a Klingon Empire character to acquire a lirpa.
Your skills will determine how effective you are with melee weapons – a Federation character may be able to pick up a bat’leth and use it, but without training he or she will be less effective than a Klingon who has studied the use of the weapon. And certain martial arts may be limited by faction or race – not everyone can perform a Vulcan nerve pinch.
More history of the future
Cryptic have also continued their ‘Path 2409’ article series which is their history of the Star Trek universe between Star Trek Nemesis and the setting for their game in 2409. The second entry covering the year 2381 again seems to be drawing from the post Nemesis book series, including the novels "Articles of Federation" and "Taking Wing"
Starfleet is monitoring the deteriorating state of the Romulan Star Empire, which appears to be moving toward open civil war. Federation ambassadors are consulting with representatives of the Klingon Empire and other Alpha and Beta quadrant powers about a proposed course of action to either bring peace to the Romulans or control any conflict that spills out of Romulan space.
The imperial forces led by Tomalak have skirmished repeatedly with Reman ships in the space between their two worlds. The Romulan blockade of Remus is holding for now, leading to concerns that the Remans are suffering from shortages of food and supplies. The United Federation of Planets has offered humanitarian aid to both Romulus and Remus.
The Cryptic updates are almost to the end of the line of Pocket Books novels and soon they will be charting their own history which is universe with an expanded Federation pitted against a Klingon Empire and its allies in 2409.
Actors reprising their roles?
Cryptic Exec. Producer Craig Zinkeivich was interviewed by sknr.net and was asked if we will hear the voices of any famous Trekkers.
Q: Will anyone from the series of films show up and provide voices?
A: In 2409, most of the major characters have retired or moved on.
We’re exploring ways to involve some of the actors from the films and series in the game, but they might not be playing “their” characters.
More regular STO coverage at TrekMovie
Star Trek Online is a very exciting project and TrekMovie will be devoting more coverage to it between now and its release (which should be in the latter half of 2009).
If you want to learn more about the game, click the links above and also check out the STO FAQ at startrekonline.com.