This week Cryptic have released three new images from their upcoming Star Trek Online MMORPG, including the a good look at a Klingon ship and another Federation ship. Plus Cryptic has answered some questions, including how money will work in the ‘moneyless future’ of Trek. And coming up this week there is a new trivia contest where you can win a beta slot.
Three new ‘in-game’ (not Photoshopped) screenshots released this week, including a look at a new Klingon ship and a new ‘Miranda’ style ship.
NOTE: It is unclear why this new ‘Miranda’ has the same registry as the previously released update to the Sovereign.
STO Q&A: Galactic Maps, Federation Money? and more
There is a new ‘Ask Cryptic’ on the official site this week, with six new fan questions answered, here are a couple of the more interesting ones:
Q: Will there be a galaxy wide map which is directly linked to the territories? e.g- If a federation fleet takes over a few star systems, will it show up on the map so everyone is constantly updated with their fleet’s boundaries etc?
A: Yes and no. The star systems that are going to be changing hands are in the Klingon / Federation neutral zone where PvP and indirect PvP will be taking place. The systems within the Neutral Zone will change loyalty between the two factions, and their status will show up on the sector level map. The actual high level map itself is not going to change territory lines.
Q: Since the Federation has evolved beyond money and the need for it, how will the galactic economy work and flow for the Federation and indeed the Klingons? Will there also be opportunities for cross-faction trading?
A: The Federation may have grown beyond the need for money within itself, but the rest of the galaxy hasn’t. Even within the Federation there is a sense of credits: transporter credits and replicator credits. You can’t simply decide one day that you want a starship and then get one, you have to have enough credits for that. Outside of the Federation, there’s a thriving galactic economy that uses gold pressed latinum. You, as a Starfleet officer, will participate in that economy on behalf of the Federation. As for cross faction trading – we’re looking into how black markets might fit into the game.
More STO…more chances to win beta spot
Here are a couple of other STO updates:
Announcement of new trivia contest (kicking off Monday) to win more spots in the beta test
2nd ‘Kobayashi Maru’ challenge on the STO Forums.
New STO Starfleet uniforms spotted (again) in IDW Countdown #2 comic preview [spoilers]