Today we have a couple of videos that show off Star Trek Online’s big ‘fleet action’ style of gameplay. We also have full details on the collector’s edition of the game, more info on the game’s “missions”, along with all the latest interviews and another viral site promoting the game.
All About Fleet Actions
One of the exciting components of Star Trek Online is "Fleet Actions". This is where large groups of players cooperate on a mission, just like in real Star Trek (think Wolf 359 or some of those Dominion War battles in DS9). Atari have provided us with a couple new “Fleet Action” videos.
In this first video the developers at Cryptic Studios describe the Fleet Action system and detail a few specific engagements, such as the Klingon siege of Starbase 24.
The second video is a quick action packed thrilling space combat between Starfleet, Klingon, Romulan and Borg ships.
Collector’s Edition Details
Details on the special Collector’s Edition for STO are now available. The set retails for $79.99, and for that extra $30 you get:
- Deluxe Packaging: Futuristic 3dX holography set in a high quality brushed aluminum finish. Heavy duty construction with magnetic closures and nested compartments for all components.
- Deluxe Manual: High end, hardbound, art book, manual, and disc case in a single, elegant package. “HD Printing” on over 40 glossy pages of exclusive art from the Star Trek Online Universe.
- Communicator Badge: High quality cast metal design based on the in-game badge model. Fully 3d Sculpted with recessed burst and curved contours.
- Guest Passes: Credit card style buddy passes to invite three of your friends for a ten day trial of Star Trek Online.
- Red Matter Capacitor: A unique item that charges up and delivers extra energy to all of your ship’s equipment for a short time. A device that, when used, gives you a small bump in energy, has a long recharge.
- Next Generation Uniform: Uniform Options from and the Next Generation. The timeless look worn by Picard, Data and Riker.
- “Deep Space Nine” Uniform: Uniform Options from the “Deep Space Nine” Series. Grey shoulders, on a black uniform, just like Sisko, Worf and Dax.
Collector’s Pack detail (Click to enlarge)
The collector’s edition can be pre-ordered at Amazon and Gamespot.
Or you can just pick up the regular edition, Amazon has that one for a discount.
Go Trek Yourself…at Facebook
Last week we pointed out Cryptic’s new Tweet like a Klingon site. They have also launched a "Trek Me" Facebook application for you to turn yourself into a Star Trek alien.
Trek Yourself! (Click to enlarge)
More details on ‘episodes’
In Star Trek Online the missions or quests are called ‘episodes’ and in a new Q&A at the official site, it seems clear they are trying to keep the game episodes to be very much like the episodes of Star Trek on TV. Here is an excerpt:
bassman631: Will our actions in one episode have consequences that carry over into other episodes and content throughout or later on in the game?
In a way. Many of the Episodes in the game are related to one another either directly or indirectly. Some of our Episodes are fun one-offs just like in the shows, but many of them are related to one or more of the major plots and themes that drive the story of our universe. You’ll see results of your previous actions and even recurring characters later down the line. But seasons don’t have multiple endings based on your actions in individual Episodes.
Nerresand: Do you need to complete the episodes in order to move forward with the plot of the game, or are they sometimes side stories? Do you need to complete episodes before progressing (in rank or other ways)?
Just like in the TV series, you can miss an Episode and still pick up the plot in future stories. Not all of them are related to the main story, and even if they are we try to make sure that they make sense on their own. If you’ve played through them all you’ll notice more of the cool connections but it isn’t necessary. There are very few Episodes that are actually pre-requisites for other Episodes and when it happens they are usually back to back like a two-parter.
Here are the latest interviews with the STO team:
I got into the Beta! Can’t wait to try the game.
Wow, they really went all out on that collector’s edition!
I like the collectors edition plus the gamestop addition gives you the tos enterprise. It’s going to be fun. I have to wait till open beta as I got to get a labtop for Christmas. My Dell is too slow and old.
Hey is the box-art for ST:O collectors edition a black & white image of Romulus exploding from “Star Trek”? Actually kind of works, really, because Romulus blowing up = setting new stage for a different universe
Did I see the crystalline entity and the doomsday machine in the first video?
I like some of the new ship designs that I saw in the vids. Can’t wait for this game.
Collector’s Edition = Polished Crap.
I don’t think Gene Roddenberry had all this stuff in mind when he created Star Trek…I’ll take a pass!
I like this game! It’s exciting!
1 question. If this is after Nemesis, why aren’t the Starfleet vessels using Quantum Torpedoes? Did we run out after battling Shinzon?
7 – You’re serious, right? I mean, I could readily see Lincoln Enterprises gleefully peddling any and ALL of this stuff!
Well as nice as that collector set looks, I gotta buy the bare-bones set to afford to monthly re-up fee… But I’ll be playing in a TWOK uniform thanks to the code packed with the new best of TOS & best of TNG dvds that just came out.
I’m surprised by how few people have commented of the TOS gem in the first video……..The Return…..OF THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE!!!!!!!! :o
Should go great with that GameStop Exclusive TOS Constitution Class Enterprise :D
More battles. More Star Wars with Star Trek ships. Less Trekking. Pass.
You are right about Gene not thinking about what kind of video games would be made about his tv show. But if someone told him about all the licensing on his property right now I dont think would have objected to ANY of it. Cross faction fighting and all.
Any one think Gene Roddenberry would have passed on something like this?
7. Daystrom it would seem you wouldn’t know crap even if it was thrown in your face
Gene Roddenberry created a TV show this is a GAME not a tv show
however you seem to forget that this is for people to have FUN with
i don’t think gene would really care if someone had spocks face printed on a shirt let alone what happens in a GAME
13. so you would just explore worlds? your logic = epic fail
if you don’t like it then please for the love of god f**k off and don’t comment
seriously why can’t those who don’t like this game go away so the rest of us (thats the 99.9% of us by the way) can talk about it
Hell no. Roddenberry wouldn’t have sold out, but he sure wouldn’t say no. This game is. if anything, a glorification of Star Trek. It’s what Star Trek is and now they’re talking about alternate universe and time travel expansions. Sure the collector’s box may seem like a sellout, but please tell me where you’re going to get one of those badges.
You mean you would actually wear that badge in public, come here I got a light saber waiting for you.
Fleet actions, yea nice try. I got another real name for It “Cluster f#%k. Space just got real crowded all the sudden.
Let’s all remember that Gene Roddenberry wrote the horrible and unused lyrics to the Star Trek theme to guarantee himself royalty payments…
Roddenberry was often looking to make a buck. Talented yes, but he was no saint. So let’s not make him out to be one….
Funny how you people complain about Gene making a buck, when you’ve been buying this stuff for years. Funny how no one remembers the Spock IDIC symbol that Gene created and out in the show, and then sold in some catalog following the episode..
I want my closed beta invite! grrr :)