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.
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.
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: