Cryptic has been busy this past week, including releasing details for a new Federation ship, the Discovery class, which looks a bit like a famous Trek ship. There is also a new screenshot and some new details on skills, plus pre-order information and some hints on possible console availability. Finally, we take a first look at the growing ‘fleets’ for STO.
New Ship – Discovery Class
A new ship has been unveiled by Cryptic, the Discovery class. This class is an update to the Intrepid class starship made famous by the USS Voyager. While this ship is able to defend itself, it is primarily designed for scientific purposes. This ship has more space available for science facilities in its efforts to boldly go and explore strange new worlds.
Overall Length: 355 meters
Overall Draft: 80 meters (subspace stance); 64 meters (warp stance)
Overall Beam: 135 meters
Displacement: 715,000 metric tons
Advanced Deflector Array
Improved Sensors and Targeting Lock
Reinforced Shield Generators
Reinforced Tritanium Alloy Hull
Cruising: Warp Factor 8
Maximum: Warp Factor 9.995
Fore and Aft Type X Phaser Arrays
Fore and Aft Torpedo Launchers
More details on skills in new Dev Chat
Cryptic had a developer chat where fans could ask some of their questions concerning the game. The topics are very specific focusing on skills for characters. Here are some highlights:
- You get larger ships as you advance in rank
- Early in the game earned skills are broadly applicable, as move up in rank, offered skills are more specific to allow specialization
- All players get access to all space skills, but ground skills are restricted by class
- as you build skills you keep all of them and don’t need to create ‘builds’ selecting which ones to use at any given time
For more read the full chat log
New Screenshot – Borg gets pwned
Cryptic has released a new screenshot today showing a Borg cube, a destroyed Borg cube. (click image to embigify)
Pre-Order Information & Collector’s Edition
In the past we reported that Gamestop was taking pre-orders on Star Trek Online which is anticipated to have an MSRP of $49.99 US. According to Gamestop.com the game is scheduled to release on February 2, 2010. Amazon is now also also taking pre-orders for Star Trek Online but is listing the release date as March 31, 2010. These dates are not set in stone so the game can also be pushed back to a later date.
Gamestop are also now taking pre-orders for a ‘Collector’s Edition‘ of Star Trek Online; the collector’s edition is on Gamestop.com for $79.99. No details, but other MMORPG collector editions usually contain special in game items that can only be obtained by purchasing the collector’s edition.
Cryptic has announced that three websites are currently holding contests for STO beta keys: alltern8.com, IncGamers and VideoGamer.com. IncGamers and Videogamer.com are looking for a funny caption for a screenshot that was released by Cryptic, while Alltern8.com is asking one question for a chance to win their beta key. Click HERE and HERE for more info.
STO Console Possibilities
Last update we looked at the possible STO system requirements, based on the those for Cryptic’s Champions Online. However, it is expected that STO will also have at least one console release, but like with the PC system requirements, there is no official word yet. However, it may be worth noting that Champions Online is currently street dated for March 1, 2010 for Microsoft’s Xbox 360. But PS3 owners can take some heart in a job posting for PS3 Programmers on Cryptic Studios website that notes:
Are you interested in a challenge? We have developed a flexible, cutting edge MMO platform to power games like Champions and Star Trek Online. It runs on PC and XBOX 360 – now we want to support PS3 too. Are you an expert PS3 coder? Do you enjoy squeezing every last drop of performance and spare memory out of the system?
TrekMovie Primer on Fleets in Star Trek Online
When Star Trek Online was announced dozens of fans began preparing for war. Star Trek Online is still several months away from anticipated release and there are dozens of guilds or ‘fleets’ for both factions (Federation and Klingon). You don’t need to join a fleet to play the game, but they are a great way to get together with groups, which is one of the main selling points of a massive multiplayer game. STO will also have some features built in to support these fleets.
Right now there is a special fleet section of the official STO forums for fleets and a special forum post that lists most of the fleets with links to their sites and general information about each. Already several fleets died out, so you may want to shop around to find one that you think will last and suits your style. Finding a good fleet means finding good guild leaders who have leadership and organizational skills. Most of the fleets so far seem to favor the Federation side and there are too many too list here, but check the above links for more info. The main objectives of many of these Federation fleets are to role play and establish a peaceful coexistence in the quadrant while the Klingon faction is established to conquer the quadrant.
Two Klingon Guilds worthy of noting are Deep Impact and Blood of Kahless. According to Cryptic the Klingon faction is going to be more PVP based being allowed to fight other members of the faction as well as the Federation. Both guilds have very strong feelings against the Federation. There are other strong guilds for the Klingon faction but these are just a few of the big guilds that are on the Klingon faction. Below is a recruitment video for Blood of Kahless.
As the game comes closer to launch we will again go over the fleets in Star Trek Online.