This Star Trek Online update we have new screenshots and a new gameplay trailer. Plus some new game details have been revealed in a few recent interviews. See below for all the latest on Cryptic’s exciting upcoming MMORPG
Combat Gameplay Trailer
Atari has released a new game play trailer this week filled with approximately forty seconds of raw brutal combat. Most of the scenes involve the Federation in both space and ground combat; however there are a few moments of Klingon ships in combat. The video shows, a Borg cube taking fire from several Federation vessels; several Romulan warbirds getting destroyed; and a few ground battles between the Federation and the Romulan Star Empire. The trailer gives the feeling that the Romulan’s and the Borg will be the main adversarial groups at launch for Star Trek Online.
New Game Details
IncGamers.com recently interviewed a lead designer of STO, Al Rivera (click for full interview). The interview is a little short but some questions that gamers have not been getting answers to have been answered. Some of the key notes from the interview:
- At launch Klingon game play will be more about social game play than a story arc
- Federation and Klingon ship progression will be different…
- Klingon’s have five Birds of Prey, four Raptors, three battle cruisers and a carrier.
- All Klingon Players will start with a Bird of Prey but will be able to upgrade to the next Bird of Prey or to a Raptor.
- The Federation has 16 ship configurations and three different ship types. A new set of configurations will be unlocked at each rank (five Escorts, five Cruisers, five Science Vessels, and one starting Lt. Cruiser).
- You can ‘craft’ your Bridge Officers and train them in special ways. You can also unlock special recipes to craft new items.
In another interview with TenTonHammer, Craig Zinkievich answered some user submitted questions about Star Trek Online. Here are a few interesting facts about the game:
- More on crafting. One of the crafting systems involves scanning anomalies, collect artifacts and bio-samples.
- There will be five man instances (instances are missions that require more than one player). The instances can be completely random so you can meet other plays who are already answering a distress signal. Raids will also be five man but will be more challenging then instances.
- Star Trek Online may be Windows 7 compatible at launch.
Craig did a second interview with TenTonHammer; this set of questions is very specific and go into detail about positioning yourself in combat, ship speed, regulating power between combat and much more. The full interview is very thorough about the games mechanics, if you’re interested a link is provided below. Here are a few snippets from the interview:
- Cryptic is using the Xbox 360 controller as a peripheral for Champions Online and is looking into using it for Star Trek Online, however nothing official about STO has been confirmed yet
- Voice chat won’t be available at launch, so if you interested in verbally speaking with your team mates you may need a ventrillo or teamspeak server.
Atari has released four new screenshots of Star Trek Online, all of which are space based.
Cryptic also gave three screenshots to MMORPG.com two of which are space based and one which is ground based. Enjoy!