There has been a lot of news in Trek gaming since our last update. Cryptic studios has finally confirmed the date for Star Trek Online to go into beta. They have also released a bunch of new screenshots, revealed a new ship and more game details. In addition, the Playstation Network version of Star Trek DAC has been announced. Details on all that below
STAR TREK ONLINE NEWS
Closed beta confirmed for late 2009
Cryptic Studios has confirmed that Star Trek Online is heading into Beta late 2009. For gaming newbies, beta is when the game is tested with fans and gamers taking part playing an early release of the game. And if you are one of those early adopters who must be part of the beta, then you can guarantee yourself a spot, but the catch is that you have to purchase a 6-Month or Lifetime subscription to Cryptic’s other upcoming game, Champions Online (you must also buy a retail or download copy of Champions Online when it becomes available September 1st). The lifetime subscription costs $200 and even comes with a “STO Mirror Universe Costume Set.” More details at champions-online.com.
Screenshot – o – rama
Over the weekend Cryptic released a whole slew of new Star Trek Online screenshots. We bring them all directly to you here (click images to embiggen):
New Klingon Ship: The Vo’Quv
On top of the numerous screenshots Cryptic has also released schematics for a brand new Klingon Ship Class. The Vo’Quv class ship, commissioned in 2407, is new Klingon Ship class designed to be the ultimate weapon for the empire. This new monster of a ship comes with everything a Admiral would want in a ship, from Metaphasic Shield Generators, Ablative Neutronium Alloy Armor, to Fighter Launch Bays, Fore and Aft Torpedo Launchers and even a Class 7 Cloaking device. This new weapon also comes packed with holodecks, so warriors can train for battle and even stasis units to keep gagh fresh. She will be the muscle of the Klingon military, as all invasions and conquests will center around her. The intent of The Vo’Quv class ship is to ensure victory and success in every battle she’s involved in. Her current mission is to provide offensive operations against Federation and Romulan forces. More info on the ship at startrekonline.com.
New game details
A brand new Dev Chat has also been released which provides some interesting details. We take a in-depth look at all the newly revealed information.
- Weapon Arcs for ships will be critical in the game. Players will be able to fire phasers, photon torpedoes and cannons in 45, 90, 180, 270 weapon arcs. Each weapon will have a certain arc and firing range.
- A Eject Warp Plasma Skill will be included in the game, which will allow players to cause damage, skip engines, and reveal cloaked enemy vessels.
- The Federation Side will not have a similar Klingon ‘Carrier’ type ship class at launch.
- Tri-Cobalt Devices will be usable in the game
- Players will be able to transfer power between critical ship systems in the game – Impulse, warp, computers, environmental systems, etc.
- Players will not need money to pay for ships or upgrading them, however they will require reputation points, which they will get from their faction (Federation or Klingon). Rank & Skill also allow players to receive new ships.
Cryptic has also released a brand new ‘Ask Cryptic’ session. This one focuses on Ground combat and what tools and tactics the players can use for his or her away missions. We take a close look at these new features:
- Players will have 5 Man Away Teams, which they can customize with bridge officers and other captains.
- 3 new officer’s action modes have been revealed: Aggressive, meaning officers will pursue and engage enemies; Defensive, meaning officers will wait for your orders to attack enemies; Target Your Target, meaning you can command your officers to focus fire on your chosen adversary. Four more action modes will be revealed in future releases.
- Captain’s can equip a kit. They will have special inventory slots, which can provide up to 4 special abilities. These abilities range from providing heals to force fields, stasis fields, holographic soldiers, turrets and lots of different buffs and debuffs. The more advanced a player becomes with certain skills the more abilities become available.
Finally, Cryptic has also released a brand new Kobayashi Maru scenario. Do you got what it takes to beat the no-win scenario? Try your luck on the STO Forums.
STO Vegas Meet and Greet
For those heading to The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention this year, you can find Cryptic Studios doing a meet and greet on Saturday, August 8, between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. More details will be revealed soon.
STAR TREK DAC NEWS
DAC to PSN w/ new features
The release of JJ Abrams Star Trek movie also brought in the X-Box Live arcade game "Star Trek DAC". Star Trek DAC is a top down Star Trek shooter which allows players to command The new Starship Enterprise, Federation Fighters, and Bombers in a arcade style war game against Romulan forces. Paramount has now officially announced that the game is headed to The Playstation Network later in the summer. Players can expect to purchase the game for a reasonable price of $10.00. With the release comes a host of new features and upgrades to the game:
- A Brand New Ship Class known as ‘Support Frigate’, which provides healing for nearby ships and easily target enemy escape pods.
- Players can now customize their AI difficulty setting, as well as goals and game time limits
- The Games mechanics, such as capturing control points, have also been improved.
- Lastly Host migration has been included, which will allow players to continue playing a multiplayer game even if the host player disconnects.
Star Trek DAC will be available for The PC soon after the Playstation Network release.
Here is a video interview from SDCC about DAC for PSN (via Destructoid.com)
Jean Marciniak has joined TrekMovie as a contributing writer for gaming. You can visit Jean’s Star Trek gaming site at startrek-gaming.com.